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Up the Line to Death: War Poets, 1914-18 Paperback – 9 Jan 1986

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (9 Jan. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413595706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413595706
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is all here, the mud and rats of the trenches, the hellish
noise of the bombardment, the insane waste of life, the high heroism and
the bitter cynicism' -- Illustrated London News

'Mr Gardner steers his course... with skill and discrimination' -- Cyril Connolly, Sunday Times

'Mr Gardner, who has chosen, introduced and put notes to this
admirable anthology, shows the First World War poets in all moods' -- The Times

'To read through this anthology is ... to live the years
1914-1918, adding to the images of battle which most of us have already,
the actual feelings expressed by the soldier poets who lived, and died,
through trench warfare' -- Times Education Supplement

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Since its original publication over forty years ago, Brian
Gardner's 'Up the Line to Death' has established itself as a classic
anthology of the poetry of the First World War

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Wace on 5 July 2009
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One of the most comprehensive anthologies of WW1 poetry available, edited and commented on by an expert in the field. This text is currently a set text on the new AQA English Literature A Level specification (Option B - WW1 Literature). A classic.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2000
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The poetry of soldiers of the First World War.
Supposedly the War to end ALL Wars, it was a bloody, brutal and harrowing campaign. It wasn't over by Christmas as many had speculated and lasted four long years and it marked the emergence of a new type of warfare.
The poetry in this anthology covers those four years of war, from the eager young men joining up to fight the enemy on foreign soil, to the maimed returning home and, of course, those who never returned at all.
The poems are deeply moving, especially those of the men stuck in the trenches, knee deep in mud with nothing to listen to but the sound of shells exploding outside and nothing to see but their friends injured and killed. Some of the poems were written by men who never returned, for whom their poetry is their legacy.
I defy anyone to look at war the same way after reading these.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. R. Epps on 4 April 2009
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Purchased for GCSE English purposes for my daughter but read it myself. Very moving and thought provoking. Really does bring home the horrors of war but, at the same time, makes one wonder at the extent of human endurance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Stewart on 27 Oct. 2013
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I bought this back in 1987 and have read it to pieces since then so will have to buy a new copy, as far as value for money goes this is an excellent book some of the best words written about WW1 are here.
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First published in 1964 to mark the 50th anniversary of the conflict, this collection of about 150 poems from 72 poets is a compelling and straightforward collection arranged in a kind of chronological grouping of mood as the war developed and early anticipation and euphoria gave way to disillusion, cynicism and despair. A number of Kipling's poems - he not normally grouped as a war poet, but having his own journey from an advocate of British imperial might through to the grief and guilt-stricken short verses written after his son was killed in action - makes for a very effective "Greek Chorus" throughout the anthology. Highly recommended.
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By P. Colston on 12 Jan. 2015
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First read this as a library book around 20 years ago, and with 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War I wanted to buy a copy. This was very good value, and was delivered quickly by Royal Mail. Some of the poems are just so well written, you can feel all the despair and the desperate emotions behind the words, so many of the poets did not live to see the end of the War.
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I studied these poems for my 'O' level exams many years ago and have really enjoyed reading the poems again. Many of them are very moving, written by young men who died in action.
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By Ann Limond Mullin on 27 Feb. 2014
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Bought this for a friend as she was anxious to get acquainted with poets of World War 1 and this is a great introduction to them.
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