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Fighting Songs and Warring Words: Popular Lyrics of Two World Wars

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In the century which has been dominated by two world wars, from both of which arose a prodigious amount of poetry, `war poetry' and `war poet' have become everyday literary terms. Yet the accepted canon of war poetry covers only a very limited range of the lyrics which

have been written about war in the twentieth century, underlining patriotic or nationalistic views, mocking the enemy and the enemy leaders, and providing comfort for both the soldiers and those left at home. With...

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Overview

In the century which has been dominated by two world wars, from both of which arose a prodigious amount of poetry, `war poetry' and `war poet' have become everyday literary terms. Yet the accepted canon of war poetry covers only a very limited range of the lyrics which

have been written about war in the twentieth century, underlining patriotic or nationalistic views, mocking the enemy and the enemy leaders, and providing comfort for both the soldiers and those left at home. With the inclusion of material rarely included in studies and anthologies, such

as Nazi poetry and song, the poetry of the atomic bomb, and music hall lyrics, the book opens up the view of war poetry in the twentieth century. It extends `lyric' to its original sense of song and printed poem, and reminds us that poetry was used on both sides during the wars of this

century. This apparently rather specialized book has, in fact, a great deal to offer. It is clearly and briskly written and is genuinely comparative in approach.

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A study of the poetry and songs of World Wars I and II. In Murdoch's view, the scholarly consideration of "classic" war poetry is very limited and superficial. He discusses the popular songs of the times as well as the pro-militaristic verse of fascist Germany and Italy. Murdoch emphasizes their importance for a true understanding of war verse. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415031844
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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