Brief biographies of 25 poets of the First World War, …

An illustrated collection of poetry from the First World War, which includes biographical details of the poets in addition to examples of their work. The poets featured include John William Streets, Isaac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and Robert Graves.

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Killed 1 April 1918. His war poetry is increasingly admired and was praised by Sassoon.
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The beginning of Sassoon’s friendship with Graves was also marked by his introduction in 1915 to the true horrors of the First World War. Front-line service was significantly different from the warfare expected by many young men brought up on Victorian tales of dashing military heroes and masculine bravery and honour characterised by well-organised cavalry charges and gleaming uniforms.

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After hesitation about what course of action to take at the start of the First World War he joined the navy. He was a witness at the siege of Antwerp before writing his famous set of five sonnets called 1914. Though he had seen the devastation and suffering created by the war he kept it all at an emotional distance from himself, denying the realities of war.

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Volunteered at the start of the war. He fought at Loos, Ypres and on the Somme. In spite of the bitter tone of some of his poetry he was an intense patriot and supporter of the war throughout. - At his own request, perhaps realising that he could not suppress the trauma much longer, he was transferred from the front line to staff work at the end of 1916 - propaganda in Italy.

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She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.

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Narrator: Tin Pan Alley’s love affair with anti-war songs reflected the growing force and popularity of the American peace movement. In August of 1914, thousands of women, both black and white, had gathered together and marched down Fifth Avenue in silence. The Evening World reported that: “Every woman in the slow-moving line wore some badge of mourning, either a . . . band around her sleeve or a bit of crepe fluttering at her breast,” “as a token of the black death which is hovering over the European battlefields.”

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Peace meant the anger and satire which characterised Sassoon’s writing was diluted and he returned to the pre-war world in a series of biographies, starting with in 1928. The events of the whole war could now be portrayed within a wider context, and the memoirs, novels and verse of Sassoon and others reflected an increased public antipathy to war and the growth of pacifist organisations. Appearing the same year was , a memoir written by a former infantry officer, Edmund Blunden. Blunden’s background was not dissimilar to that of Sassoon: an idyllic childhood in Kent before leaving school with a scholarship to Oxford in July 1915; commissioned into the Royal Sussex Regiment and arriving in France in early 1916, he too won the Military Cross.

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His pre-war poetry was admired by Sassoon. Wessex Poems (1898), Poems of Past and Present (1901), Times Laughing Stock (1909) and the dramatic epic of the Napoleonic Wars, The Dynasts (1904 - 1908).