The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

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Thirty-seven chapters, written by leading literary critics from across the world, describe the latest thinking about twentieth-century war poetry. The book maps both the uniqueness of each war and the continuities between poets of different wars, while the interconnections between the literatures of war and peacetime, and between combatant and civilian poets, are fully considered. The focus is on Britain and Ireland, but links are drawn with the poetry of the United States and continental Europe.

The Oxford Handbook feeds a growing interest in war poetry and offers, in toto, a definitive survey of the terrain. It is intended for a broad audience, made up of specialists and also graduates and undergraduates, and is an essential resource for both scholars of particular poets and for those interested in wider debates about modern poetry. This scholarly and readable assessment of the field will provide an important point of reference for decades to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199282661
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2007
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature Series
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Kendall is Professor of English Literature at the University of Exeter. He has published a book of poems, Strange Land, with Carcanet, and full-length studies of Muldoon and Plath. From 1994 until 2003 he edited the international poetry magazine, Thumbscrew. His latest monograph is Modern English War Poetry (OUP, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Tim Kendall
1. Fighting Talk: Victorian War Poetry, Matthew Bevis
2. Graver Things, Braver Things: Hardy's Martial Zest, Ralph Pite
3. From Dark Defile to Gethsemane: Rudyard Kipling's War Poetry, Daniel Karlin
The Great War
4. First World War Poetry and the Realm of the Senses, Santanu Das
5. Many Sisters to Many Brothers: Woman Poets of the Great War, Stacy Gillis
6. Wilfred Owen, Mark Rawlinson
7. Shakespeare and the Great War, John Lee
8. Was there a Scottish War Literature? Scotland, Poetry, and the First World War, David Goldie
9. War Poetry, or the Poetry of War? Isaac Rosenberg, David Jones, Ivor Gurney, Vivien Noakes
10. The Great War and Modernist Poetry in England, Vincent Sherry
11. A War of Friendship: Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, Fran Brearton
12. 'Easter, 1916': Yeats's World War I Poem, Marjorie Perloff
Entre Deux Guerres
13. 'What the dawn will bring to light': Credulity and Commitment in the Ideological Construction of 'Spain', Stan Smith
14. Unwriting the Good Fight: Auden's 'Spain' and its Contexts, Rainer Emig
15. War, Politics and Disappearing Poetry: Auden, Yeats, Empson, John Lyon
The Second World War
16. 'Others have come before you': the Influence of the Great War on Second World War Poets, Dawn Bellamy
17. Death's Proletariat: Scottish Poets of the Second World War, Roderick Watson
18. New Territory: Alun Llywelyn-Williams and Welsh Poetry of the Second World War, Gerwyn Wiliams
19. The Muse that Failed: Poetry and Patriotism during the Second World War, Helen Goethals
20. 'Since Munich, What?': Louis MacNeice's Poetry of the Second World War, Peter McDonald
21. Sidney Keyes in Historical Perspective, Geoffrey Hill
Continuities in Modern War Poetry
22. Anthologizing War, Hugh Haughton
23. Mina Loy and E. J. Scovell: Defining Women's War Poetry, Simon Featherstone
24. War Pastorals, 1914-2004, Edna Longley
25. The Poetry of Pain, Sarah Cole
26. 'Down in the terraces between the targets': Civilians, Peter Robinson
27. Complicate Me When I'm Dead: The War Remains of Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes, Cornelia D. J. Pearsall
28. 'For Isaac Rosenberg': Geoffrey Hill, Michael Longley, Cathal O'Searcaigh, Tara Christie
29. The Fury and the Mire, Jon Stallworthy
'Post-war' poetry
30. 'This is plenty. This is more than enough': Poetry and the Memory of the Second World War, Gareth Reeves
31. British Holocaust Poetry: Songs of Experience, Claire M. Tylee
32. Quiet Americans: Responses to War in some British and American Poets of the 1960s, Alan Marshall
33. Pointing to East and West: British Cold War Poetry, Adam Piette
34. Dichtung und Wahrheit: Contemporary War and the Non-Combatant Poet, David Wheatley
Northern Ireland
35. Constructing and Deconstructing the Epic - Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry, Paul Volsik
36. 'Stalled in the Pre-Articulate': Heaney, Poetry, and War, Brendan Corcoran
37. Unavowed Engagement: Paul Muldoon as War Poet, April Warman
Notes on Contributors

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