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The Red Sweet Wine Of Youth
The poetry that emerged from the trenches of WWI is a remarkable body of work, at once political manifesto and literary beacon for the twentieth century. In this passionate recreation of the lives of the greatest poets to come out of the conflict, Nicholas Murray brilliantly reveals the men themselves as well as the struggle of the artist to live fully and to bear witness ...more
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 02, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
A biography and exploration of the poets of the Great War, The well known poets are covered (Blake, Owen, Sassoon) as well as some of the less well known poets such as Rosenberg and Graves. The only area which is not covered is that of Female poets of the era, an omission that the author accepts and explains as due to the fact that these are the poets who took part in the fighting. The myth of all Great War poetry as being anti war is explored and exploded... with the point being made that all o ...more
Not quite what I was expecting but very interesting nonetheless. The lives of the war poets are thoughtfully discussed and compared, the analysis on their poetical style and attitudes to war interwoven with stories about their lives. I was expecting a bit more of their poetry to actually be included - the bits that were included were very helpful in illustrating literary observations but just a shame that hardly any poems were reproduced in full. I guess I'll have to buy more anthologies.