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In Flanders Field: And Other Poems of the First World War

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First world war poetry has lost none of its poignancy for being written at the beginning of the last century, and this collection is particularly significant, containing as it does color plates of paintings and sketches by first world war combatants and war artists.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 30th 2005 by Arcturus Publishing
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Jim
Dec 19, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This anthology is a little different from others in that the men who wrote the poems would rather not have had their work published here. In order to have a poem published in this mix you had to satisfy two criteria: 1) you had to write about WWI; and 2) you had to have died during that conflict. The editor was able to find thirty such poets!

Some of the names in here will be instantly familiar. Names like John McCrae, who penned what is probably the most easily recognizable WWI poem In Flanders
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Nat
Nov 21, 2016 Nat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find a fair few poems are missing, but it is still a nice collection.
Julie Suzanne
Dec 05, 2015 Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, poetry, hs-library
A relatively small collection of poems, but it took me forever to read them all. That is because these poems made me cry, stare at the ceiling deep in thought, and prompted re-reading and savoring. Each poem was written by someone who died in WWI, and they are beautiful, haunting, and poignant. The compilation conveys a variety ways the poets grappled with the horror and violence they experienced in war, and it was touching to see how differently they all viewed death, their fates, the meaning o ...more
Holly
Feb 19, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always found the poems of the First World War to be the most dramatic. They show the transition from the sense of war glorification to a horrified view of what this new, industrialized global war was all about. The most potent poems for me are those by Wilfred Owen. We studied some of his when I was in Gr. 8 and I will never forget the way his poems changed my perspective on the First World War. This is not a happy book of poems as you can imagine but it is a very moving collection of poems ...more
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