The Oxford Book of War Poetry: Second Reissue (Oxford Books of Prose & Verse) Paperback – 15 Dec 2008
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Review from previous edition quite simply the most rewardingly catholic anthology of battle verse I know. Homer, Byron, Macauley, Hardy - and more recently, Keyes, Reed, Lewis, Douglas and Prince - they're all here, plus an excellent brief essay of introduction. (Times Educational Supplement)
a marvellous collection of old favourites and many surprises. (The Star)
This collection is of exceptionally high quality. (Washington Post)
full of good things...many old favourites and quite a few genuine surprises. (Vernon Scannell, The Guardian)
This is an anthology that works in a way that the work of no single poet could. (The Observer)
About the Author
Jon Stallworthy is Professor of English Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of 8 collections of poetry; works of criticism, and biographer of Wilfred Owen. He was an editor at OUP from 1959 to 1977.
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Thankfully we don't have to study all the poems in this book as there is a massive selection. Ranging from the disturbing, to the beautiful, to the romantic to the cold hard truths of war.
Obviously this is just a selection chosen by the author rather than written by, so I cannot compliment or critique the poems themselves, but the selection, I feel, was a really good choice. They flow into each other, and although they're sectioned by author, they move well into the next poet's work.
The formatting is nice; which does count for a lot when you spend hours pouring over a book, the poems are beautiful (Anthem for Doomed Youth is my new favourite poem) and they give the student a lot to work with in the exam
Quick note - If you are using this book to study with, might I suggest you go for the hardback version. You will use it a lot, and my paper copy has pages coming loose from the spine, so a hardback might be more useful. And just remember not to mark it, because marked copies aren't allowed in exam rooms. These post its are really great for marking pages without leaving marks when you remove them: Tiger sticky memo notes holder with index tab flags in leather like case
It is very cheap for such a topic and as a bound book will fall apart very easily. I don't mind that as my budget is tight.
If you want a book that will take a lot of use, you'll have to look elsewhere or for a much more expensive hardback.
If it is available in hardback I recommend the contents.
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