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The Oxford book of war poetry

The Oxford book of war poetry

Stallworthy, Jon

Reflecting the feelings of poets as diverse as Virgil, Daniel Defoe and Emily Dickinson, and spanning centuries of human experience from Homer's 'Iliad' to the present day, the 250 poems in this collection illustrate the shift in social awareness from the celebratory war-song to modern reflections

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008
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Statement of responsibility: chosen and edited by Jon Stallworthy
ISBN: 0199554536, 9780199554539
Note: Originally published: 1984.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxxi, 358 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: War poetry.
Alternative Title: Book of war poetry


There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The 250 poems in Jon Stallworthy's classic and celebrated anthology span centuries of human experience of war, 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. Reflecting the feelings of poets as diverse as Byron, Hardy, Owen, Sassoon, and Heaney, they chart 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'.