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The Cambridge Companion to the Poetry of the First World War

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Santanu Das, Vincent Sherry, Peter Howarth, Elizabeth Vandiver, Mark Rawlinson, Sarah Cole, Neil Corcoran, Sandra Gilbert, Edna Longley, Adrian Poole, David Goldie, Simon Featherstone, Margaret Higonnet, Tim Kendall, Christine Froula, Fran Brearton, Jay Winter
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107692954

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  • The poetry of the First World War remains a singularly popular and powerful body of work. This Companion brings together leading scholars in the field to re-examine First World War poetry in English at the start of the centennial commemoration of the war. It offers historical and critical contexts, fresh readings of the important soldier-poets, and investigations of the war poetry of women and civilians, Georgians and Anglo-American modernists and of poetry from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the former British colonies. The volume explores the range and diversity of this body of work, its rich afterlife and the expanding horizons and reconfiguration of the term 'First World War Poetry'. Complete with a detailed chronology and guide to further reading, the Companion concludes with a conversation with three poets - Michael Longley, Andrew Motion and Jon Stallworthy - about why and how the war and its poetry continue to resonate with us.

    • Features fresh and powerful readings of canonical poets and poems
    • Expands the canon of First World War poetry by including works by combatants and civilians, men and women, from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the colonies
    • Concludes with a 'conversation' between three distinguished poets - Michael Longley, Andrew Motion and Jon Stallworthy - about the lasting impact of the First World War and its poetry
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    'The Cambridge Companion includes essays on poetry by women, and from all parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as from British colonies, to illuminate the expanding frame of reference.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Each title I have reviewed in the Cambridge Companions series offers a well-written and up-to-date analysis of its focus and once again this Companion meets the high standard of writing and intellectual engagement I expect.' Linda Kemp, Reference Reviews

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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107692954
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical and Critical Contexts: Reconfiguring First World War poetry: an introduction Santanu Das
    1. First World War poetry: a cultural landscape Vincent Sherry
    2. Poetic form and the First World War Peter Howarth
    Part II. 'Soldier-Poets':
    3. Early poets of the First World War Elizabeth Vandiver
    4. Later poets of the First World War Mark Rawlinson
    5. Siegfried Sassoon Sarah Cole
    6. Isaac Rosenberg Neil Corcoran
    7. Wilfred Owen Sandra Gilbert
    8. Edward Thomas and Ivor Gurney Edna Longley
    9. David Jones Adrian Poole
    Part III. Archipelagic, Commonwealth and Civilian Poetry:
    10. Archipelagic poetry of the First World War David Goldie
    11. Colonial poetry of the First World War Simon Featherstone
    12. Women's poetry of the First World War Margaret Higonnet
    13. Civilian war poetry: Hardy and Kipling Tim Kendall
    14. First World War and modernist poetry: Pound and Eliot Christine Froula
    Part IV. Afterlives of First World War Poetry:
    15. 'But that is not new': poetic legacies of the First World War Jay Winter
    16. A conversation: Michael Longley, Andrew Motion and Jon Stallworthy Santanu Das
    Guide to further reading
    Index.

  • Editor

    Santanu Das, King's College London
    Santanu Das is Reader in English at King's College London, and was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, and St John's College, Cambridge. He is the author of Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and the editor of Race, Empire and First World War Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has published in journals such as Modernism/Modernity, Textual Practice, and Essays in Criticism.

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    Santanu Das, Vincent Sherry, Peter Howarth, Elizabeth Vandiver, Mark Rawlinson, Sarah Cole, Neil Corcoran, Sandra Gilbert, Edna Longley, Adrian Poole, David Goldie, Simon Featherstone, Margaret Higonnet, Tim Kendall, Christine Froula, Fran Brearton, Jay Winter

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