The Oxford Book of War Poetry

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Jon Stallworthy
Oxford University Press, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 358 pages
There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The250 poems spanning centuries of human experience of war, from David's Lament for Saul and Jonathan, and Homer's Iliad, to the finest poems of the Second World War, Vietnam, the conflicts in Northern Ireland and El Salvador, and chilling visions of the `Next War'Reflecting the feelings of poets as diverse as Byron, Hardy, Owen, Sassoon, and Heaney, they reveal a great shift in social awareness from man's early celebratory `war-songs' to the more recent `anti-war' attitudes of poets responding to `man's inhumanity to man' - and to women and children.

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About the author (1984)

Jon Stallworthy is Professor of English Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of 8 collections of poetry; works of criticism, and biographer of Wilfred Owen. He was an editor at OUP from 1959 to 1977.

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