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Modern English War Poetry

Tim Kendall


This book offers the fullest account to date of a tradition of modern English war poetry. Stretching from the Boer War to the present day, it focuses on many of the 20th-century's finest poets — combatants and non-combatants alike — and considers how they address the ethical challenges of making art out of violence. Poetry, we are often told, makes nothing happen. But war makes poetry happen: the war poet must transform even the most appalling experiences. This book not only assesses the problematic relationship between war and its poets, it also encourages an urgent reconsideration of the mod ... More

Keywords: war poetry, national identity, violence, soldier poetry, civilian poetry, poetry canon, Boer War, First World War, Second World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562022
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Kendall, author
Professor of English, University of Exeter
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