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An Imagist at War: The Complete War Poems of Richard Aldington [Hardcover]

Richard Aldington


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  • Hardcover: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press,U.S. (31 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838639526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838639528
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,718,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intended to reaffirm Aldington's position as an important voice in the literature of the First World War, this collection brings together for the first time all the war poems of Richard Aldington. Of the ninety-six poems in the collections, forty-four form the carefully constructed sequence of poems that make up Aldington's 'Images of War', published in 1919. Each of the five groups of poems is preceded by a short introduction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Long Overdue 4 Dec 2002
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Richard Aldington (1892-1962) is today one of the lesser-read poets of WW1. His often oblique allusions, sensuous frankness and predominant use of free verse make a body of poetry very different from the standard pieces encountered in classrooms and mainstream anthologies.
Excepting the omission of a few tangential works, Michael Copp's edition brings together all the poems in which Aldington commented on the war. Welcome finds include such moving love poems as "Reverie" (addressed to Aldington's wife, the poet H.D.), sharp vignettes like "Bombardment", and poems such as "A Village" in which small beauties provide the salve for wartime misery. Aldington's preoccupations throughout his literary career - love, suffering, stoicism, and a pagan reverence for the natural world - are clearly shown. Mr Copp's full introduction furthermore provides a useful synthesis of recent scholarship on Aldington, his war writings and his relationship to Imagism.
The book as a whole stands as a quality tribute and important re-introduction to a strangely neglected writer. Highly recommended.
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