Cambridge Poets of the Great War: An Anthology

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This anthology contains 155 poems by forty-nine poets, all of whom have connections with Cambridge University. The poems have been selected to represent a comprehensive range of responses: patriotic, protest, satirical, realistic, elegiac, pastoral, and homoerotic. The introduction provides analytical notes on all the poems. Three appendixes discuss Charles Sorley’s comments on Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon’s statement of protest, and A. E. Tomlinson’s scathing attack on Brooke. Biographical information on the...
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Overview

This anthology contains 155 poems by forty-nine poets, all of whom have connections with Cambridge University. The poems have been selected to represent a comprehensive range of responses: patriotic, protest, satirical, realistic, elegiac, pastoral, and homoerotic. The introduction provides analytical notes on all the poems. Three appendixes discuss Charles Sorley’s comments on Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon’s statement of protest, and A. E. Tomlinson’s scathing attack on Brooke. Biographical information on the poets is also included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611472042
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Copp was educated at the Universities of London, Leicester, and Cambridge. During his period of National Army Service he served in Intelligence as a Russian translator. After early retirement from teaching modern languages in secondary education he became involved in adult education, working for many years as a tutor for the Board of Continuing Education at Cambridge University, where he taught courses on the literary and artistic repsonse to war in the twentieth century. His most recent books are An Imagist at War: The Complete War Poems of Richard Aldington (FDUP, 2002), and Richard Aldington: The Selected War Poems (2005). He is currently engaged on editing the letters of Richard Aldington and F.S. Flint.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 17
Introduction 23
The Tempest 67
Casus Belli 71
Ante Pacem Honor 71
Many Sisters to Many Brothers 72
Dedication 73
From Whitechapel 74
1814-1914 74
A Letter from Ealing Broadway Station 75
The Song of Sheffield 76
The Old Soldiers 77
Going in to Dinner 77
Drilling in Russell Square 77
Absolution 78
Officers' Mess 79
1914 I Peace 80
1914 II Safety 80
1914 III The Dead 81
1914 IV The Dead 81
1914 V The Soldier 81
Picnic 85
The Farmer 87
The Stones of Belgium 88
The Three Crosses 89
Brothers 91
I Saw Them Laughing Once 93
In That Rough Barn We Knelt 93
August 1918 94
A Vision 94
Going up the Line 95
Last Song 96
Here Dead Lie We 96
Harrow and Flanders 96
The Soldier's Cigarette 97
Gold Braid 98
War Meditations 100
The Song of the Sad Siege Gunner 101
Mine-Sweeping Trawlers 103
North Sea 103
On the Wings of the Morning 105
The Call of the Air 106
Dawn 108
Suvla Bay 109
The Blizzard 110
A Night March 111
Two Mornings 111
To Wingles Tower 112
At a British Cemetery in Flanders 113
No Man's Land 113
Youth in Arms 114
Trenches: St. Eloi 116
Ghost of the Somme 117
Manglaughter Morning 118
The Dead Bed 119
Foot Inspection 120
Prelude: The Troops 121
How to Die 122
The Dug-Out 122
Counter-Attack 123
To Germany 127
1914 127
Last Nocturne 128
The German Dug-Out 130
To German Soldiers 132
Homeopathy 134
Tom 135
Enemies 136
The Effect 136
Billets 141
Battle Hymn 141
Reims 142
Youth and War 143
And if a Bullet ... 144
Optimism 144
From a Flemish Graveyard 145
From a Full Heart 146
Stray Leaves 147
In Billets 148
Stretcher Case 149
Two Nights 153
Night at Gomonic 154
Outposts 155
The Triumph 156
From an Untitled Poem 156
Their Friendship was Mine 157
Men of the Line 158
To a Fallen Comrade 159
No Man's Land 161
Fragment 162
An Only Son's Dying Lament 167
Spreading Manure 168
Destroyers 169
Interval: Front Row Stalls 169
The Veteran 170
In Praise of Nurses 170
The Survivors 171
To a Pacifist 172
The Army of the Dead 172
In Montauban 174
Bridging the Gulf 175
The Soul of a Nation 177
War 178
Banishment 180
Sick Leave 181
Letter to Robert Graves 181
Cambridge in Wartime 187
Chestnut Sunday 188
Walnut-Tree Court 188
Yesterday 189
Died of Wounds 190
Unreturning 190
The Shadow 191
The Hero 192
Praematuri 193
The Falling Leaves 193
Afterwards 194
New Year, 1916 195
The Poppies That Drop as I Watch 195
Missing: Unofficially Reported Killed 196
The Dead Lover 196
Casualty List 197
The Grudge 200
On a War-Worker, 1916 201
The Dead 201
The Halt 201
To the Boys Lost in our Cruisers 202
Return 202
Years Ahead 203
Lament in 1915 (B.H.W.) 204
Elegy 205
The Last Meeting 207
In Memoriam F. 207
Rupert Brooke 208
In Memoriam S.C.W., V.C. 208
When you see Millions of the Mouthless Dead 209
Invitation au Festin 213
The Survival of the Fittest 214
Waste 215
If I Should Die, be not Concerned to Know 216
If I Should Die ... 216
The Strand 1917 217
A Hero 219
Sed Miles 221
They 222
Blighters 223
Base Details 223
The General 224
Does it Matter? 224
Glory of Women 225
Suicide in the Trenches 225
O.B.E. 226
When the Last Long Trek is Over 229
Post Bellum 229
A Farewell to Arms 230
To My Brother 231
Pin-Pricks 232
On Passing the New Menin Gate 234
Biographical Notes 235
App. A 250
App. B 251
App. C 252
Bibliography 254
Index of Authors 259
Index of Titles 261
Index of First Lines 263
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