The Poetry of War

The Poetry of War

by James Anderson Winn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521710227

ISBN-13: 9780521710220

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Poets from Homer to Bruce Springsteen have given voice to the intensity, horror and beauty of war. The greatest war poets praise the victor while mourning the victim; they honor the dead while raising deep questions about the meaning of honor. Poets have given memorable expression to the personal motives that send men forth to fight: idealism, shame, comradeship,

Overview

Poets from Homer to Bruce Springsteen have given voice to the intensity, horror and beauty of war. The greatest war poets praise the victor while mourning the victim; they honor the dead while raising deep questions about the meaning of honor. Poets have given memorable expression to the personal motives that send men forth to fight: idealism, shame, comradeship, revenge. They have also helped shape the larger ideas that nations and cultures invoke as incentives for warfare: patriotism, religion, empire, chivalry, freedom. The Poetry of War shows how poets have shaped and questioned our basic ideas about warfare. Reading great poetry, Winn argues, can help us make informed political judgments about current wars. From the poems he discusses, readers will learn how soldiers in past wars felt about their experiences, and why poets in many periods and cultures have embraced war as a grand and challenging subject.

About the Author:
James Anderson Winn is Professor of English at Boston University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521710220
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations     viii
Acknowledgments     x
Introduction: Terrible beauty     1
Honor and memory     12
Shame and slaughter     38
The cost of empire     66
The myth of chivalry     101
Comrades in arms     145
The cause of liberty     182
Notes     220
Index     234

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