The Poetry of War
By (author) James Anderson Winn
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Poetry of War by James Anderson Winn
Book DescriptionPoets from Homer to Bruce Springsteen have given voice to the intensity, horror, and beauty of war. The greatest war poets praise the victor while mourning the victim; they honor the dead while raising deep questions about the meaning of honor. Poets have given memorable expression to the personal motives that send men forth to fight: idealism, shame, comradeship, revenge. They have also helped shape the larger ideas that nations and cultures invoke as incentives for warfare: patriotism, religion, empire, chivalry, freedom. The Poetry of War shows how poets have shaped and questioned our basic ideas about warfare. Reading great poetry, Winn argues, can help us make informed political judgments about current wars. From the poems he discusses, readers will learn how soldiers in past wars felt about their experiences, and why poets in many periods and cultures have embraced war as a grand and challenging subject.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521884037
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A compelling and moving history of how poets from Homer to Springsteen have written about war.
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Author Biography - James Anderson Winn
James Anderson Winn is Professor of English at Boston University.
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