Top positive review
An excellent anthology
9 December 2013
There are so many anthologies of First World War poetry to choose from. Why go for this one?
There are a number of reasons:
1. Tim Kendall provides an illuminating introduction, biographical information on each poet and excellent notes on the poems themselves, which are presented in authoritative versions. Without being overwhelming and academic the notes really help explain some of the references that might be lost on today's reader.
2. All the major poets are well represented but there are less known women and civilian poets included as well.
3. Some other anthologies only include poems written during the war. This one goes further , finding space for some moving post-war reflections by Edmund Blunden and others.
4. There are some wonderfully poignant music hall song lyrics as well.