Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology Oxford World’s Classics

The work of each poet is prefaced with a biographical account that sets the poems in their historical context. Although the war has now passed out of living memory, its haunting of our language and culture has not been exorcised. A general introduction charts the history of the war poets' reception and challenges prevailing myths about the war poets' progress from idealism to bitterness.

As well as offering generous selections from the celebrated soldier-poets, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, including Wilfred Owen, and Ivor Gurney, it also incorporates less well-known writing by civilian and women poets. This new anthology provides a definitive record of the achievements of the Great Warpoets.

Music hall and trench songs provide a further lyrical perspective onthe War. The first world war produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent, poets whose words commemorate the conflict more personally and as enduringly as monuments in stone. Lines such as 'what passing-bells for these who die as cattle?' and 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old' have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and aftermath of war.

Its poetry survives because it continues to speak to and about us.

Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Years 1900-1925

Includes an afterword by Kate Mosse OBE. In 1914 vera brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford. This classic memoir of the First World War is now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that would have been unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era.

Testament of youth, one of the most famous autobiographies of the first World War, is Brittain's account of how she survived those agonising years; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded and how she emerged into an altered world. A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time, and has lost none of its power to shock, move and enthral readers since its first publication in 1933.


The Great War and Modern Memory

For generations of readers, huge ambition, hard-minded research, this work has represented and embodied a model of accessible scholarship, and haunting detail. Restored and updated, this new edition includes an introduction by historian Jay Winter that takes into account the legacy and literary career of Paul Fussell, who died in May 2012.

Dispensing with literary theory and elevated rhetoric, novels, diaries, and letters reflected the massive changes--in every area, Fussell grounds literary texts in the mud and trenches of World War I and shows how these poems, including language itself--brought about by the cataclysm of the Great War.

Exploring the work of siegfried sassoon, both actual and literary, and Wilfred Owen, Fussell supplies contexts, Edmund Blunden, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, David Jones, for those writers who--with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning--most effectively memorialized World War I as an historical experience.

. Today, ushered in the modern era, and unapologetic account of the Great War, Fussell's landmark study remains as original and gripping as ever: a literate, literary, the war that changed a generation, and revolutionized how we see the world. This brilliant work illuminates the trauma and tragedy of modern warfare in fresh, revelatory ways.

Winner of both the national book award and the national book critics circle Award and named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books, Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory was universally acclaimed on publication in 1970 .

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry Penguin Classics

This anthology reflects the diversity of voices it contains: the poems are arranged thematically and the themes reflect the different experiences of war not just for the soldiers but for those left behind. In addition to the established canon there are poems rarely anthologised and a selection of soldiers' songs to reflect the voices of the soldiers themselves.

This is what makes this volume more accessible and satisfying than others.

World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others

Housman, robert Bridges, and Rudyard Kipling. Included among a wealth of memorable verses are rupert brooke's "The Soldier, " "In the Pink" by Siegfried Sassoon, " Wilfred Owen's "Anthem for Doomed Youth, "In Flanders Fields" by Lieut. Mccrae, may wedderburn cannan, robert bridges' "to the united states of america, Ivor Gurney, Alice Meynell, " Thomas Hardy's "In Time of 'The Breaking of Nations, '" as well as works by Walter de la Mare, and Edward Thomas.

Moving and powerful, this carefully chosen collection offers today's readers an excellent overview of the brutal range of verse produced as poets responded to the carnage on the fields of Belgium and France. Col. Ironically, confronted their own morality, the death of dear friends, many of them combatants, the horrors of World War One produced a splendid flowering of British verse as young poets, the failure of civilization, the loss of innocence, and the madness of war itself.

This volume contains a rich selection of poems from that time by rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Thomas Hardy, Isaac Rosenberg, and others known especially for their war poetry — as well as poems by such major poets as Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, A. E.

The Penguin Book of First World War Stories Penguin Classics

An anthology of great war short stories by British writers, both famous and lesser-known authors, men and women, during the war and after its end. The selection covers different periods: the war years themselves, the famous boom years of the late 1920s to the more recent past in which the First World War has received new cultural interest.

These stories are able to illustrate the impact of the Great War on British society and culture and the many modes in which short fiction contributed to the war's literature.

The Return of the Soldier

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The First World War: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

Looking at the historical controversies surrounding the causes and conduct of war, Michael Howard also describes how peace was ultimately made, and the potent legacy of resentment left to Germany. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

This very short introduction provides a concise and insightful history of the 'Great War', focusing on why it happened, how it was fought, and why it had the consequences it did. It examines the state of europe in 1914 and the outbreak of war; the onset of attrition and crisis; the role of the US; the collapse of Russia; and the weakening and eventual surrender of the Central Powers.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. By the time the first world war ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Not So Quiet . . .: A Novel

First published in london in 1930,  Not So Quiet .  .  . Follows a group of british women ambulance drivers on the French front lines during World War I, and their punishing commandant, surviving shell fire, cold, “Mrs. The novel’s power comes from smith’s outrage at the senselessness of war, her own daily contact with the suffering and the wounded, and at her country’s complacent patriotism and willingness to sacrifice its children.

Bitch”—even as their parents swell with pride that their girls aren’t shirking their duty to king and country. Praised by the chicago sun-times for its “furious, funny, indignant power” and winner of the Prix Severigne in France as “the novel most calculated to promote international peace, ” this story offers a rare, bitter, and undeniably feminist look at war and its effects on all those who take part.

Taking the guise of an autobiography by Smith—a pseudonym for Evadne Price—Not So Quiet .  .  . Is a compelling counterpoint to Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. A bittersweet feminist antiwar novel .  .  .

The Missing of the Somme

Through visits to battlefields and memorials, Geoff Dyer examines the way that photographs and film, poetry and prose determined—sometimes in advance of the events described—the way we would think about and remember the war. With his characteristic originality and insight, Dyer untangles and reconstructs the network of myth and memory that illuminates our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.

The missing of the somme is part travelogue, part meditation on remembrance—and completely, unabashedly, unlike any other book about the First World War.


There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. Calls to mind such early moderns as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Some of the most powerful antiwar literature in modern English fiction. The boston globethe first book of the regeneration Trilogy—a Booker Prize nominee and one of Entertainment Weekly’s 100 All-Time Greatest Novels.

In 1917 siegfried sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim. One of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time,  Regneration has been hailed by critics across the globe.

More than one hundred years since World War I, this book is as timely and relevant as ever. William rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired.