Released on 26 jun 2014

Announcing the publication of The New Oxford Book of War Poetry, chosen and edited by Jon Stallworthy

The first new edition for thirty years

There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. Jon Stallworthy’s classic anthology spans centuries of human experience of conflict, from David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan and Homer’s Iliad to the finest poems of the First and Second World Wars, and beyond.

The roll-call of writers is huge – more than 150 – and the arc of the book charts a great shift in human awareness from man’s early celebratory ‘war-songs’ to the twentieth century’s darker poetic responses to ‘man’s inhumanity to man’. Here are Virgil and Chaucer, Spenser and Donne, Marvell and Dryden; Coleridge, Shelley, and Browning; Hugo, Whitman, and Rilke, as well as a whole sweep of twentieth century writers.

Thirty years on from the first edition, Jon Stallworthy has now included more poems of the wars of the twentieth centuries, including the Bosnian War and the 1990-1 Iraq War. The 42 additional poems include works by David Harsent, Anthony Hecht, Miroslav Holub, John Jarmain, Stanley Kuntiz, Michael Longley, Czelaw Miolsz, Patrick Shaw-Stewart, and Andrew Motion.

'Full of good things ... many old favourites and quite a few genuine surprises.' - Vernon Scannell, The Guardian

'This collection is of exceptionally high quality.' - Washington Post

‘Quite simply the most rewarding catholic anthology of battle verse.’ - Times Educational Supplement

Jon Stallworthy is a poet and Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Oxford University. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of many distinguished works of poetry, criticism, and translation. Among his books are critical studies of Yeats's poetry, and prize-winning biographies of Louis MacNiece and Wilfred Owen.

26 June 2014 | Hardback | £16.99 | 978-0-19-966538-9

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