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A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Illustrated Poetry of the First World War

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"Some of the most beautiful poetry ever written has come from the horror of the trenches. Represented here are poems dashed off in the full awfulness of the battlefield, as well as those honed with the terrible benefit of hindsight. And there are poems from an earlier age whose themes and aching beauty exactly matched the mood of a nation as an entire generation was lost to war." "Here also are poems inspired by the experience of the countless mothers, wives, sweethearts, sisters and daughters left behind." The poems are counterpointed by
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Overview

"Some of the most beautiful poetry ever written has come from the horror of the trenches. Represented here are poems dashed off in the full awfulness of the battlefield, as well as those honed with the terrible benefit of hindsight. And there are poems from an earlier age whose themes and aching beauty exactly matched the mood of a nation as an entire generation was lost to war." "Here also are poems inspired by the experience of the countless mothers, wives, sweethearts, sisters and daughters left behind." The poems are counterpointed by painstakingly restored photographic images - many seen here for the first time - which show relentlessly cheerful faces, smiling in the face of darkest adversity. Taken from the unique archives of the Daily Mail, the images capture the small moments of un-named individual people in the cataclysmic catastrophe that was branded 'the war to end all wars'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566490658
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 813,770
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

In Flanders Fields John McCrae McCrae, John 13

The Call Jessie Pope Pope, Jessie 14

In Training Edward Shanks Shanks, Edward 16

Breakfast Wilfrid Gibson Gibson, Wilfrid 17

Now That You Too Must Shortly Go The Way Eleanor Farjeon Farjeon, Eleanor 18

The Send-Off Wilfred Owen Owen, Wilfred 20

Youth In Arms I Harold Monro Monro, Harold 23

A Kiss Bernard Freeman Trotter Trotter, Bernard Freeman 24

Warbride Nina Murdoch Murdoch, Nina 26

Telling the Bees G. E. R. E. R., G. 28

To My Brother Vera Brittain Brittain, Vera 29

Socks Jessie Pope Pope, Jessie 31

My Sweet Old Etcetera E. E. Cummings Cummings, E. E. 33

Break Of Day In The Trenches Isaac Rosenberg Rosenberg, Isaac 34

Attack Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon, Siegfried 37

'They' Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon, Siegfried 38

Billet Ivor Gurney Gurney, Ivor 40

'When This Bloody War is Over' Soldiers' Song Song, Soldiers' 42

Rendezvous Alan Seeger Seeger, Alan 45

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death W. B. Yeats Yeats, W. B. 46

The Death Of A Soldier Wallace Stevens Stevens, Wallace 48

The Leveller Robert Graves Graves, Robert 51

Rain! Rain! Rain! from Rhymes of a Lost Battalion Doughboy 52

Of Grandcourt Ivor Gurney Gurney, Ivor 55

Easter Monday Eleanor Farjeon Farjeon, Eleanor 56

Sing A Song Of War-time Nina Macdonald Macdonald, Nina 58

Christmas 1916: Thoughts in a V.A.D. Hospital Kitchen M. Winifred Wedgwood Wedgwood, M. Winifred 60

Women At Munition Making Mary Gabrielle Collins Collins, Mary Gabrielle 63

War Girls Jessie Pope Pope, Jessie 64

The V.A.D Scullery-Maid's Song M. Winifred Wedgwood Wedgwood, M. Winifred 67

The Admonition: To Betsy Helen Parry Eden Eden, Helen Parry 68

TrenchIdyll Richard Aldington Aldington, Richard 71

Winter Warfare Edgell Rick-word Rick-word, Edgell 72

Remorse Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon, Siegfried 74

A Son Rudyard Kipling Kipling, Rudyard 76

The General Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon, Siegfried 77

The Ridge: 1919 Wilfrid Gibson Gibson, Wilfrid 79

Strange Hells Ivor Gurney Gurney, Ivor 80

Dulce Et. Decorum Est Wilfred Owen Owen, Wilfred 83

Poem Ezra Pound Pound, Ezra 84

A Dead Boche Robert Graves Graves, Robert 86

The Dug-Out Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon, Siegfried 87

To Germany Charles Hamilton Sorley Sorley, Charles Hamilton 88

Grotesque Frederic Manning Manning, Frederic 90

A Private Edward Thomas Thomas, Edward 91

First Time In Ivor Gurney Gurney, Ivor 93

Truce Paul Muldoon Muldoon, Paul 94

A Shropshire Lad: XXVII A. E. Housman Housman, A. E. 96

The The Dead Fox Hunter Robert Graves Graves, Robert 99

Soldiers F. S. Flint Flint, F. S. 100

My Brother Mikhail Naimy Naimy, Mikhail 102

Many Sisters To Many Brothers Rose Macaulay Macaulay, Rose 104

Ultima Ratio Regum Stephen Spender Spender, Stephen 107

In The Ambulance Wilfrid Gibson Gibson, Wilfrid 108

A Thrush In The Trenches Humbert Wolfe Wolfe, Humbert 111

The Soldier Rupert Brooke Brooke, Rupert 112

The Mother May Herschel-Clark Herschel-Clark, May 114

A War Film Theresa Hooley Hooley, Theresa 116

Those Who Wait from Rhymes of a Lost Battalion Doughboy 118

Mothers Kay Boyle Boyle, Kay 120

Grass Carl Sandburg Sandburg, Carl 121

The Silent One Ivor Gurney Gurney, Ivor 122

The Kitchener Chap Horace Bray Bray, Horace 124

Strange Meeting Wilfred Owen Owen, Wilfred 126

I Tracked A Dead Man Down A Trench W. S. S. Lyon Lyon, W. S. S. 128

A Story Of Today Constance Powell Powell, Constance 130

The Cherry Trees Edward Thomas Thomas, Edward 131

The Hero Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon, Siegfried 132

The Deserter Gilbert Frankau Frankau, Gilbert 135

Bully Beef from Rhymes of a Lost Battalion Doughboy 136

Returning We Hear The Larks Isaac Rosenberg Rosenberg, Isaac 138

Lights Out Edward Thomas Thomas, Edward 141

A Shropshire Lad: XI A. E. Housman Housman, A. E. 142

Light After Darkness E. Wyndham Tennant Tennant, E. Wyndham 145

'Bombed Last Night' Soldiers' Song Song, Soldiers' 146

Clearing-Station Wilhelm Klemm Klemm, Wilhelm 149

Field Ambulance In Retreat May Sinclair Sinclair, May 150

Champs D'honneur Ernest Hemingway Hemingway, Ernest 153

'I Want To Go Home' Soldiers' Song Song, Soldiers' 154

In A Soldiers' Hospital I: Pluck Eva Dobell Dobell, Eva 156

The Veteran Margaret Postgate Cole Cole, Margaret Postgate 159

To The Warmongers Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon, Siegfried 160

The Falling Leaves Margaret Postgate Cole Cole, Margaret Postgate 163

Anthem For Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen Owen, Wilfred 164

The Wars And The Unknown Soldier Conrad Aiken Aiken, Conrad 166

The Medal from 'Rhymes of a Lost Battalion Doughboy' 169

Disabled Wilfred Owen Owen, Wilfred 170

From Hugh Selwyn Mauberley Ezra Pound Pound, Ezra 173

Not To Keep Robert Frost Frost, Robert 175

Lamplight May Wedderburn Cannan Cannan, May Wedderburn 176

On Active Service Edith Wharton Wharton, Edith 179

Mental Cases Wilfred Owen Owen, Wilfred 180

In A Soldiers' Hospital II; Gramophone Tunes Eva Dobell Dobell, Eva 182

A Memory Margaret Sackville Sackville, Margaret 184

May, 1915 Charlotte Mew Mew, Charlotte 187

For The Fallen Laurence Binyon Binyon, Laurence 188

Index of First Lines 190

Acknowledgements 192

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