Voices of Silence
The Alternative Book of First World War Poetry
By (author) Vivien Noakes
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Voices of Silence by Vivien Noakes
Book DescriptionThere are many anthologies of poetry of the First World War, reflecting the huge interest there is in this subject, but "Voices of Silence" is unlike any of them. The poetry of the First World War has determined our perception of the war itself. Yet, this perception is based on the interpretation of a few poets who have become household names - writers such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Isaac Rosenberg. Less literary but equally important, the poetry gathered together in this volume has been drawn from old newspapers and journals, trench and hospital magazines, individual volumes of verse, gift books, postcards, and an illicit manuscript magazine put together by conscientious objectors. For the first time, the huge body of rich, exciting and often deeply moving work that complements the established literary canon has been revived. It adds a new dimension to our perception of the immediate response to war - not least in the soldiers' recurring and important use of humour. Written by the men for the men, these verses reflect an aspect of the national character which contributes to our understanding of how they were able to endure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750945219
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vivien Noakes
Isaac Rosenberg, Paperback (February 2012)
This volume, part of the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series, presents all of Isaac Rosenberg's surviving writings - poetry, plays, prose works, and letters - with an introduction and commentary addressed to the student and general reader. There are also examples of Rosenberg's paintings and drawings.
Complete Nonsense and Other Verse, Paperback (September 2006)
'Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils', wrote Edward Lear (1812-88), and this collection demonstrates the varied ways in which he pursued his philosophy of life. Gently pointing out human follies and the absurdities of the conventional Victorian society in which he lived, Lear's nonsense has enchanted children and adults alike for generations.
Poems and Plays of Isaac Rosenberg, Hardback (August 2004)» View all books by Vivien Noakes
Talks about the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg. Drawing on an analysis of manuscript sources, this book offers an insight into the process of his poetic thought. It examines textual matters, dating and ordering, and the way in which, especially while working in isolation as a private soldier, he was able to share critical ideas on poems with his peers.
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Author Biography - Vivien Noakes
Vivien Noakes has a doctorate in the poetry of the First World War poet, Isaac Rosenberg, and has edited the definitive edition of Rosenberg's poetry for the Oxford University Press. She is the leading authority on the life and work of the nonsense poet and painter, Edward Lear, and her book Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer has recently been reissued by Sutton.
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