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The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (The Penguin poets) Paperback – 26 Jul 1979


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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 2nd edition (26 July 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140422552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140422559
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even compassion must now be circumspect, for if it doesn't try to do away with, or limit, the war that causes the suffering, it's indulgent. Read the first page
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
It's regrettable that this is probably the best selling World War One poetry anthology, because it's a mess. Silkin's fabled introduction is one of the most garbled and incoherant introductions to the war poets ever written, and the poetry itself is notoriously erratic in it's choice. Yes, the old favourites are there - Sassoon, Owen, Brooke et al. throng the ranks, but Silkin glosses over the huge amount of women's poetry (readdressed, thankfully, in Catherine Reilly's excellent "Scars Upon My Heart"), and misses out on many of the poems written post war about the war experience. As usual, popularist voices of the war like the thousands who published in magazines like Punch and The Strand are dismissed, and although voices such as oft neglected Ivor Gurney are given space, it is no surprise that Wilfred Owen yet again dominates the text with eighteen poems. Silkin's apparent choice to travel further afield for war poets from all sides of the conflict is admirable but leads again to an unfocussed feel to the anthology. Thank goodness Penguin are compiling a newer version...
"Out of the heart's sickness the spirit wrote
For delight, or to escape hunger, or of war's worst anger,
When the guns died to silence and men would gather sense
Somehow together, and find this was life indeed"
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By virginia hedge on 8 Nov 2014
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very good choices and the book cover just great.
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By ailsac on 16 Oct 2014
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Quick arrival. Product as described.
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8 of 24 people found the following review helpful By salem1000@aol.com on 20 Feb 2001
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I would like to say well done to the publishers of this book it helped me with my assignement for world war one and got me a good grade. if you are doing any sort of assignement on world war one suggest you be the book.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
you'll want to share this book with others 30 Mar 2000
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have always loved writing poetry, but have often found it hard to read the works of other writers. This book changed me; I have read and re-read the poems collected in this book countless times. It never ceases to move me. The poems offer insight into life, death, love, and the meaning of patriotism. These poems helped me come closer to understanding the experiences of soldiers. Though written many years before I was even born, the themes throughout the book can still be related to today.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Against Forgetting 29 Jun 2003
By matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has done so much to call us not to forget our own humanity. The impersonal power of war, the dehumanization of violent death at the hands of other humans- such tragedies as these call us to remember who we are as humans. It is one of the peculiarities of life that it is often at the brink of destruction that we see most clearly what our hearts have always spoken to us. In the violence of war and conflict, our thoughts often return to the simple things of life; the laughter of a child who lived next door, the smell of spring, the faces of old schoolmates.
This collection of poetry serves its title well. Only one poem spoken aptly to our heart calls us to our true selves, against forgetting.
You may also find the poems of Hermann Hesse of importance in this regard, along with Against Forgetting
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry: Revised Edition (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) 28 Aug 2009
By brian mcarthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This anthology captures the stunning impact WWI had on European society, particualrly its youth who had entered the 20th century convinced it would be a golden age. Instead, the carnage laid bare the sharp societal divisions and inequities at the core of Europe, leading to a newfound cynicism directed at the Continent's governments of empire. This essential volume includes works by lesser-known poets, as well as the cherished standards by Rupert Brooke, Rudyard Kipling and their peers.
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Broad Selection 4 April 2013
By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All in all, a good collection of WWI-era or -inspired poetry. It's beautiful, wrenching stuff that, quite honestly, is difficult to read sometimes. I appreciated the selection's broad range, which included French, German, Russian, Italian, and female voices.
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Penguin History of First World War Poetry 7 July 2010
By neilarch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very happy with the book. Very good condition. Will be purchasing silmilar titles again.
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