Poets of all times, places and sensibilities have been moved to write about war. They have commemorated the Battles of Thermopylae, Agincourt and Shilph, and London in an air raid. They have announced the Charge of the Light Brigade; witnessed Break of Day in the Trenches; handed down through oral tradition, the Blackfoot Indian Song for a Fallen Warrior; sent a Newsreel from Vietnam. From Horace and Virgl to Steveie Smith, from the anonymous bards of ancient China to Adam Mickiewicz and Primo Levi, these poets have encompassed the entire spectrum of feeling - pride, compassion, courage anger fear excitement, anguish, even laughter. Here, in this anthology, are more than one hundred of their most memorable poems.
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It is perhaps comforting to think that, from something as terrible and as barbaric as war, something beautiful, albeit disturbing, should arise. Old favourites are here - Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and Rupert Brooke's 'The Dead' have lost none of their impact in 100 years and speak hauntingly of the horrors of World War - but there are others. 'Achilles over the Trench', along with other extracts from the Iliad translated by Tennyson, tell of the long Trojan War in which the Achaeans sacked Troy and attained honour and victory, whereas, in contrast, Thomas Gunn sharply draws the 'lumpish soldier out of work' in 'Captain in Time of Peace'. This is a stirring anthology of poetry which celebrates the glory and illuminates the horrors of war through powerful words. (Kirkus UK)
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