Brian Busby has edited this anthology of war poems as well as providing an introduction, and what a great selection he has provided. The earliest poem is from John Donne, and the latest one from Brian Turner, who wrote in the war in Iraq. There are the usual poems that any good anthology should have on this subject, as well as some lesser known ones. All the poems were written in the English language, and come from the UK, Ireland, and North America. There are poems about Agincourt and before, through both world wars, Vietnam up unto Iraq.
The collection has been divided into sections, The Gathering Storm, Brothers In Arms, The Heat Of Battle, The Home Front, Fields Of Death, Premonitions, Spirit And Faith, Victory And Defeat, Peace, and Remembrance. Such poets are Kipling, Whitman, Dickinson, Hardy, Owen, Sassoon, Melville, Housman, Tennyson, Wordworth and Yeats, along with many others.
If you are into war poetry then this is an essential for your collection and will provide many hours of reading, as you go back over some of these. There are the usual selection of indices as well as short biogs. of the poets.