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The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Finally back in Penguin Classics: the poems and prose of cult WWI writer Edward Thomas, with a new introduction by Robert Macfarlane, author ofThe Old Ways  

Beloved writer Edward Thomas is best known for his evocative poetry, though his writing career was varied and prolific, with more than two thousand reviews and nearly thirty volumes of topography, biography, and literary criticism published by the time of his death at age thirty-nine in World War I. After years of writing about poetry, Thomas, an intensely contemplative man who believed deeply in the power of perambulation, was encouraged by his close friend Robert Frost to write his own verse. This stunning collection includes some of his most treasured work and, with a beautiful introduction by bestselling author Robert Macfarlane, will bring Thomass extraordinary writings to a new generation of readers and aspiring writers.

Synopsis:

Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers. This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict. Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen; poetry by women writing from the home front; and the anonymous lyrics of soldiers? songs. Arranged thematically, the selections take the reader through the war?s stages, from conscription to its aftermath, and offer a blend of voices that is both unique and profoundly moving.

About the Author

George Walter is a lecturer in English at Sussex University and the editor of multiple volumes of Ivor Gurney's poetry.

Table of Contents

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry Introduction

Acknowledgements

A Note on the Text

Prelude

I. Your Country Needs You

'Let the foul Scene proceed'

'Who's for the khaki suit'

In Training

2. Somewhere In France

In Trenches

Behind the Lines

Comrades of War

3. Action

Rendezvous with Death

Battle

Aftermath

4. Blighty

Going Back

The Other War

Lucky Blighters

5. Peace

Everyone Sang

The Dead and the Living

'Have you forgotten yet?'

Coda

Notes

A Glossary of the Western Front

Biographies

Further Reading

Poem Acknowledgements

Index of Titles and First Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141181905
Author:
Walter, George
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Wright, David
Author:
Silkin, Jon
Author:
Various
Author:
Thomas, Edward
Author:
MacFarlane, Robert
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
War poetry
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.84x5.10x1.05 in. .74 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers. This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict. Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen; poetry by women writing from the home front; and the anonymous lyrics of soldiers? songs. Arranged thematically, the selections take the reader through the war?s stages, from conscription to its aftermath, and offer a blend of voices that is both unique and profoundly moving.

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