Poetry of the World Wars
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The advent of 'total war' in 1914 shocked a generation of soldier poets into a new voice that redefined English verse. When the unthinkable happened again in 1939, the rage, pity and disgust of the earlier war gave way to emptiness and despair. This superb anthology presents a wide range of work from both wars, taking in Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg, Graves, Alun Lewis, Sidney Keyes and Edwin Muir, as well as lesser-known verse by soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians.