The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry Unrivaled in its range and intensity the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through t

  • Title: The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry
  • Author: Jon Silkin
  • ISBN: 9780141180090
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen poetry by women writing from the home front and the anonymous lyrics of soldiers songs Arranged thematically, the selections take the reader through the war s stages, from conscription to its aftermath, and offer a blend of voices that is both unique and profoundly moving

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    1. What is it about World War I that garnered such a deluge of superb war poetry There has been wars since man stood erect and poetry almost as long So what was the magic held by those predominantly British soldiers that enabled them to capture horror and dread in such introspective confines as verse In reading this Penguin collection, I found that neither Wilfred Owen nor Siegfried Sassoon were the best poetsthat distinction must go to Edmund Blunden, whose poetry is both probing and compell What [...]

    2. Harrowing and heartbreaking poems from WW1, mostly written by soldiers in the trenches 100 years ago In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on rowThat mark our place and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns belowWe are the Dead Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn saw sunset glowLoved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fieldsTake up our quarrel with the foe To you, from falling hands we throwThe torch be yours to hold it highIf Harrow [...]

    3. What passing bells for these who die as cattle Picked this up after singing the Britten War Requiem and experiencing the power and depth of emotion in Wilfred Owen s poetry Took me forever to read, but it s an incredible collection.

    4. He is risen now that was long asleep,Risen out of vaulted places dark and deep.In the growing dust the faceless demon stands,And the moon he crushes in his strong, black hands The German poet George Heym s War was written in 1911 predating the Great War but also prefiguring the poetry that arose from it In 1912 Heym also wrote Why do you you visit me, white moths, so often which concluded with the lines Who opens the countries to us after death And who in the gateway of the monstrous r He is ris [...]

    5. 8 23 11 Jeezus, this took forever I couldn t review this if I tried b c it ended up being the book I carried around for reading on the subway, and I don t actually go into the city that much, so I m rarely on the subway The introduction was really long, and the editor suggests that Rosenberg is the superior poet to Owen the other great WWI poet , but I liked Owen s poems the best I would like to read of his work This was also a lesson that I can t read big collections of poetry I n 8 23 11 Jeezu [...]

    6. Note I read the second edition, published in 1981 From what I understand, Penguin now sells George Walter s In Flanders Fields repackaged as the new Penguin Book of First World War Poetry. Check which edition you re getting if you decide to buy a copy Now, before you all grab your pitchforks and come after me for giving anything less than five stars to a book that has work by Wilfred Owen in it, let me explain I did not deduct points for the poetry itself Where this collection fail [...]

    7. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry Second edition edited by Jon Silkin and David McDuff is a collection of poetry from and about the WWI Silkin and McDuff increased the number of poems in translation included in the collection There are poems translated from German, French, Italian, Russian, and Hebrew, and Silkin was a poet himself As expressed in the not at the beginning, For some, war was moral athletics others looked forward to the experience of war as a vacation from life < [...]

    8. One of the books from my semester o world war one, in the spring of 1990 This one was, I think, from the English class, though it may have also been assigned reading for the history class as well The poetry itself runs the gamut, from the conventional and sentimental pep works from early in the war some from poets, like Rupert Brooke, who died before ever seeing combat at all, and others from poets too old for combat, like Kipling , to full fledged trench poetry by the likes of Wilfrid O One of [...]

    9. There were a huge number of lives sacrificed in vain in the first world war Some of them were poets of the highest caliber Other great poets survived the battles and returned home Whether you are reading the poetry of someone who died in the war, or survived, this collection is one of the most moving you will ever read Highly recommended.

    10. I always like to dip into this in the run up to Rememberance Sunday It s a good way of reminding me of what those men went through, physically and emotionally, almost 100 years ago This collection has both the classics and some lesser known poems and includes poets from both sides of the conflict.

    11. BTW the Introduction by Jon Silkin is excellent It s not just a couple of pages, it s almost a third of the book 77 pages in a book of 282 pages, though that includes the indexes and the bibliography He talks about the issue of evaluating the war poets for their explicit ideas, even if we disagree as to militarism, patriotism, pacifism and so on and his schema consists of two parts an arrangement, or progression, of poets according to a developing consciousness, in relation to the war a BTW the [...]

    12. The total denuntiation of war that is contained within these pages is without parallel I can t think of anything that contrasts than poetry and war the two are mutually exclusive No pompous declarations of honour by Tennyson here just a grim reminder that war is not glorious It is blood, gore, death, fear and insanity This is a great collection by different authors, including some translations of German war poets which is a nice touch Skip the lengthy and boring introduction and jus The total de [...]

    13. This was a rather dichotomous read The introduction by the collection s editor took the first 77 pages left me wondering if it had not been a doctoral thesis for him at one point As a result, it slowed me considerably at the outset, but once I got into the poetry itself, I was off and running There were many familiar poems, to be sure, but it was still a worthwhile read in this, the 100th anniversary year of the U.S entry into WW1.

    14. Wars, good and bad, are ugly, de humanizing, soul destroying things This is indisputably true, both history and literature gives proof to this Yet the preponderance of bad or unnecessary wars to necessary ones in the world s history is aided and abetted by a willful disregard of this truth Homer and the Greek tragedians made it clear So too have writers who write from witness ever since The testimony from the First World War, the so called Great War great because of its size not because of Wars, [...]

    15. Having written an amazing essay on WW1 poetry for my GCSEs I thought I knew about this stuff Turns out I should ve paid attention to the critics who harshly savaged my lengthy dissection of If I should die with a 3 out of 10 and a scraped C.However my groundwork in disappointment stood me in good stead because once I d managed to wade my way through editor Jon Silkin s dense intro it now all makes perfect sense Obviously as he s choosing the selection, the poems neatly illustrate h Having writte [...]

    16. The view of war in this book was really depressing, however you can really understand how war affected so many soldiers The prominent theme in the poems was often about the lost of innocence, which results from the soldiers seeing lives lost and blood shed right in front of their eyes My favorite poem was Everyone Sang because it showed how the aftermath of World War I really took a toll on the United States The poetry here, really explored all of the feelings during World War I, as there s The [...]

    17. This was a bit of an impulse pick up from the library, but this book is what changed my outlook on poetry.Before this, I d only read a couple love poems, a few narrative poems here and there, but none touched me or even struck me as vaguely interesting These poems were raw and abrasive They conveyed war in a way I d never seen before Captivating The Show , The Sentry by Wilfred Owen Nocturnal Landscape by Anton Schnack In the Trenches by Richard Aldington The Deathbed by Siegfried Sass This was [...]

    18. I particularly appreciate the focus on the development and changes in poetic form, tone, and timbre that the editor uses to shape this anthology Including diverse voices and utilizing poets both popular at the time and who gained attention posthumously and or after the war, this collection is large and thorough, though never complete since there was a profusion of poetry written from this war A fine volume to read and reflect upon, meeting these men and women trying to make sense of what is of I [...]

    19. Really good, comprehensive anthology of poems This will definitely become a staple for me I particularly think the foreward is fantastic and I like how the poems are categorised It makes for much easier searching for themes and helps to find poems you weren t necessarily familiar with beforehand.

    20. This is an emotionally searing collection of poems, which can make this a tough read at times The words of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon are here joined by lesser known poets like Isaac Rosenberg, as well as poems presented in translation Particularly welcome is the addition of some poems by women and other noncombatants.

    21. With contributions from a diverse range of people including war poets Wifred Owen and Siegried Sassoon and authers D.H Lawrence and Rudyard Kipling this book contains a respectable selection of poems If you haven t got into poetry but would like to try it without comitting to one writer then you could do worse than read The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry.

    22. Read and weep By the end of the slaughter, even the arch jingoist Rudyard Kipling who had lost his son was writing If any question why we died tell them, because our fathers died The collection only focuses on British poets, but I can t imagine reactions from other combatants to be much different.

    23. All in all, a good collection of WWI era or inspired poetry It s beautiful, wrenching stuff that, quite honestly, is difficult to read sometimes I appreciated the selection s broad range, which included French, German, Russian, Italian, and female voices.

    24. Colecci n de poes a anti belicista escrita durante o con motivo de la I Guerra Mundial por poetas brit nicos o traducida de poetas franceses, alemanes, italianos y rusos Aunque el tema es com n, el enfoque var a del m s generalista hasta el m s concreto, destacando el detallismo de los alemanes.

    25. Some of the most moving poetry every written Includes, but goes way beyond, the usual suspects As we approach the centenary of the outbreak of the War to End All War this ought to be on everyone s reading list.

    26. Brilliant book of poetry that really got my thinking about waste, fear and WWI Big influence in writing a novel set in WWI HIGHLY recommended to the point that I can t imagine not having read it and I rarely say that Even if poetry is not your thing take a look.

    27. I particularly enjoyed the work of wilfred owen and how he exposed the horror and stupidity of war in such work as, dulce decorum, and , anthem for doomed youth.

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