⚣ Poetry of the First World War Books ⚡ Author Tim Kendall – Reliableradio.co.uk

Poetry of the First World War Review as part of Books about WWII m not super well versed see what I did there in poetry, but I knew a few of these poets before reading the collection from authors like Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling, to poets like Wilfred Owen The thing with poetry collections is you re not going to love every poet or poem, but I enjoyed the vast majority of these The best thing I m very glad I read these The collected authors here lived through the war Their poetry speaks the reality of it, the drama of it, the glory of it, the results of it It is a wonderful collection It took me awhile to enter it But once I did it was not very far f Poetry Of The First World War Free Author Tim Kendall Bandcamptomp3.co.uk The First World War Produced An Extraordinary Flowering Of Poetic Talent Its Poets Mark The Conflict In Ways That Are Both Intensely Personal And As Enduring As Any Monument Their Lines Have Come To Express The Feelings Of A Nation About The Horrors And Consequences Of War.This New Anthology Provides A Definitive Record Of The Achievements Of The Great War Poets And Offers A Fresh Assessment Of The Work On The Centenary Of The Great War S Outbreak Focusing On The Poets Themselves, The Book Is Organized By Writer, Not Theme Or Chronology It Offers Generous Selections From The Celebrated Soldier Poets, Including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, And Rupert Brooke, Whilst Also Incorporating Less Well Known Writing By Civilian And Women Poets It Also Includes Two Previously Unpublished Poems By Ivor Gurney.A General Introduction Charts The History Of The War Poets Reception And Challenges Prevailing Myths About The War Poets Progress From Idealism To Bitterness The Work Of Each Poet Is Prefaced With A Biographical Account That Sets The Poems In Their Historical Context.Although The War Has Now Passed Out Of Living Memory, Its Haunting Of Our Language And Culture Has Not Been Exorcised Its Poetry Survives Because It Continues To Speak To And About Us. This collection is limited to British poetry, but it contains a meaningful introduction to the war s impact on articulate men Take an Army of Mercenaries by A.E Houseman These, in the day when heaven was falling,The hour when earth s foundations fled,Followed their mercenary callingAnd took their wages and are dead.Their shoulders held the sky suspended,T This is a splendid anthology of poetry and lyric born of the experience of war the selection covers those who participated as soldiers, officers and enlisted men, those who observed because of age or because of gender thus it promotes a varied range of viewpoints and experiences, of suffering, both physical and emotional, but also of courage in all its forms.Almost every poem I expected to read is in this volume and almost every poet There are some pleasant surprises I did not expect to read Housman s Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, as I did not realise that it explicitly applied to the First World War Its inclusion is important, I think, in recognising the sacrifice of brave men Other such poems include Binyon s For the Fallen Idealism is represented by the selection from Brooke and I was especially pleased to read Patrick Shaw Stewart s I saw a man this morning , his only poem, written on the back fly leaf of his copy of A Shropshire Lad, and discovered after his death in action This poem contains the lines, poignant in their irony, Was it so hard, Achilles so very hard to die Thou knewest, and I know not so much the happer 4.5 stars It wasn t just the war that changed poetry forever, it was a generation of poets. Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, A.E Houseman out of copyright These, in the day when heaven was falling,The hour when earth s foundations fled,Followed their mercenary callingAnd took their wages and are dead.Their shoulders held the sky suspended,They stood, and earth s foundations stay What God abandoned, these defended,And saved the sum of things for pay.Rudyard Kipling, For All We Have And Are 1914 last stanza There is but one task for all One life for each to give.Who stands if Freedom fall Who dies if England live The Verdicts Jutland first second stanzas Not in the thick of the fight,Not in the press of the odds,Do the heroes come to their height,Or do we know the demi gods.That stands over till peace.We can only perceiveMen returned from the seas,Very grateful for leave.W.B Yates An Irish Airman Foresees His Death I know that I shall meet my fateSomewhere in the clouds above Those that I fight I do not hateThose that I guard I do not love My country is Kiltartan CrossMy countryman Kiltartan s poor,No likely end could bring them lossOr leave them happier than before.Laurence BinyonFor The FallenThey shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morningW My rating is not a reflection on the quality of the anthology, which seems excellent I don t know the period well enough to judge the choice of poets, and the book provides very helpful introductions to each of the poets, setting their work in the context of their lives and wartime experiences But I was reading not for historical study, but for the emotional experience of reading the poems, and on that level, the collection is inevitably hit or miss som Such moving works I am not very good at understanding poetry, but these.one could feel the words. I than liked the book, but it was not perfect therefore just below 5. Why I read this anthologyThe poems collected in this book by Tim Kendall concern the epoch which interests me most in history at the moment World War I and the fundamental changes it brought about to society at least Western culture I have read several books on the topic, portraying this epoch from various historical viewpoints And works of fiction set in this era It was time for me to try to glimpse the feelings this conflict evoked in people Since I believe poetry to be the closest we can get to communicate emotions between each other when it comes to written art , an anthology of this kind was the next step My subjective opinionNow a problem looms in front of me How do you rate and review an anthology of poetry Since it is a collection of poetry by various authors, my subjective opinion will be of even less value than usually Although I will give it nonetheless I was captured by the wide range of emotions and thoughts which this conflict evoked in people, both during and after While reading the various poems, I soon realised I wanted to read accounts of how it was to act

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