The Poetry of War by James Anderson WinnThe Poetry of War by James Anderson Winn

The Poetry of War

byJames Anderson Winn

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Poets from Homer to Bruce Springsteen have given voice to the intensity, horror, and beauty of war. The greatest war poets praise the victor while mourning the victim; they honor the dead while raising deep questions about the meaning of honor. Poets have given memorable expression to the personal motives that send men forth to fight: idealism, shame, comradeship, revenge. They have also helped shape the larger ideas that nations and cultures invoke as incentives for warfare: patriotism, religion, empire, chivalry, freedom. The Poetry of War shows how poets have shaped and questioned our basic ideas about warfare. Reading great poetry, Winn argues, can help us make informed political judgments about current wars. From the poems he discusses, readers will learn how soldiers in past wars felt about their experiences, and why poets in many periods and cultures have embraced war as a grand and challenging subject.
James Anderson Winn is Professor of English at Boston University.
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Title:The Poetry of WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:March 3, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521710227

ISBN - 13:9780521710220

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Table of Contents

Introduction: terrible beauty; 1. Honor and memory; 2. Shame and slaughter; 3. The cost of empire; 4. The myth of chivalry; 5. Comrades in arms; 6. The cause of liberty; Index.

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"...a lucid, elegantly reasoned analysis of war poetry...A necessary resource for those interested in war poetry, this book deserves a broad audience." --CHOICE