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"My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity." Wilfred Owen's words stand as a epitaph to a worldwide conflagration that he himself did not survive. Sixteen million others also died in World War I, a toll that resounds even as we read Max Egremont's powerful recovery of the lives and writings of British poets. In a sense, Some Desperate Glory infuses the numbing immensity of the Great War with the lives of writers who experienced it. Editor's recommendation.