Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 December 2013

368 Pages

5.1 x 7.7 inches

ISBN: 9780199581443

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Poetry of the First World War

An Anthology

Edited by Tim Kendall

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new anthology of First World War poetry that brings together the best poetry by soldiers, civilians, and women, with a fresh assessment of the work on the centenary of the Great War's outbreak.
  • Includes a generous representation of the best-known poets, such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Ivor Gurney, as well as lesser known writers who have have been previously overlooked. Includes two previously unpublished poems by Ivor Gurney.
  • Organizes the selection by poet, which avoids imposing a distorting narrative or an arbitrary thematic grouping.
  • Each poet's selection is prefaced with a short contextualizing introduction that provides information about the poet, the circumstances of composition, and connections with other poets of the period.
  • The Introduction considers Great War poetry and the history of the war poets' reception, challenging prevailing myths about the poets' progress from idealism to bitterness.
  • Generous notes detail the composition and publication history of the poems and gloss allusions and historical references.