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Strange Meetings: The Poets of the Great War

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Strange Meetings provides a highly original account of the War Poets of 1914-1918, written through a series of actual encounters, or near-encounters, from Siegfried Sassoon's first, blushing meeting with Rupert Brooke over kidneys and bacon at Eddie Marsh's breakfasts before the war, through famous moments like Sassoon's encouragement of Owen when both are in hospital at t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by Chatto & Windus (first published November 1st 2010)
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Caroline
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, war
This has the feel of an enthusiast’s book, written for the reader with an interest in the poets of the First World War rather than an academic text, although Ricketts is a professor of English Literature. In the fifteen chapters Harry Ricketts discusses actual meetings and possible meetings between poets such as Sassoon and David Jones and Ivor Gurney and Helen Thomas, Edward Thomas’s widow. It is a synthesis of existing information but saves the general reader from having to do all that reading ...more
Penny
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww1
Very good - chapters on different meetings, some real and some imagined. I hadn't realised how linked some of the Soldier Poets lives were.
I know the 'War Poets' are studied extensively at school and this book would be an invaluable resource.
I especially enjoyed the sections where Ricketts mused on what would have happened if some of the soldiers who had died so young on the battlefields had actually managed to escape the sniper's bullet. Would they have gone on to greater things in their writin
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Lysergius
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Although the author tries hard to bring the meetings between the various poets to life it is onlt the well documented meeting between Sassoon and Owen at Craiglockart that really interests. Although the meeting between Captain Sasson and Private Jones is fascinatingly archetypal.

What was interesting though were the thumb nail sketches of the lives of the poets after the war up until their deaths.
Mary McCallum
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book in its intelligent evocation of the poets, the time they lived and their literary context - I hadn't fully understood the dynamics of the literature of time and the differences between the poets- the way things shifted and changed for these men (and a couple of women) as the war rolled on. I guess I felt they were travelling the same awful path with similar results. I love the way Harry Ricketts imagines the various meetings of these poets, whether it be in the flesh or in a boo ...more
Cally73
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww1
A series of inter-linked essays on actual, vicarious and imagined meetings between poets of the First World War. Very readable, with examples of the poetry mentioned, but not overdone. Very interesting book.
Sarah
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an odd little book. Really interesting despite the tenuous nature of some of the 'meetings'. What it did show really clearly was the close links between many of the key poets of the time and how they were all poets beforehand who developed their work as a result of their war experiences.
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Harry Ricketts studied to Oxford and taught at universities in Hong Kong and the UK before moving to New Zealand in 1981. He is a professor in the English Programme at Victoria University of Wellington and also teaches creative non-fiction in the International Institute of Modern Letters. He has published over 30 books, including biographies, personal essays and collections of poems. He has also c ...more
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