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on 6 August 2002
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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on 20 January 2016
I studied this for my English degree back in 1997 so bought out of a sense of nostalgia,rather than as a hardened poetry fan.
Book was stated as used,but appears like brand new in all respects.
The poetry was every bit as powerful as it was initially, after I had not read it for nearly 20 years.
I dip into this when the mood grabs me.
I love it.
Poignant stuff.Brilliant.
Some poets more than others,but its all about personal taste in the end isn't it?
Overall,an excellent collection,with an interesting introduction as well.
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on 11 January 2015
More marked than I'd expected, but still pleased to receive it
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on 8 November 2014
very good choices and the book cover just great.
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on 16 October 2014
Quick arrival. Product as described.
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on 5 April 2016
powerful
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on 20 February 2001
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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