Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War

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Elizabeth Vandiver examines the ways in which British poets of the First World War used classical literature, culture, and history as a source of images, ideas, and even phrases for their own poetry. Vandiver argues that classics was a crucial source for writers from a wide variety of backgrounds, from working-class poets to those educated in public schools, and for a wide variety of political positions and viewpoints. Poets used references to classics both to support and to oppose the war from its beginning all...
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Elizabeth Vandiver examines the ways in which British poets of the First World War used classical literature, culture, and history as a source of images, ideas, and even phrases for their own poetry. Vandiver argues that classics was a crucial source for writers from a wide variety of backgrounds, from working-class poets to those educated in public schools, and for a wide variety of political positions and viewpoints. Poets used references to classics both to support and to oppose the war from its beginning all the way to the Armistice and after. By exploring the importance of classics in the poetry of the First World War, Vandiver offers a new perspective on that poetry and on the history of classics in British culture.
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"The most useful as a compendium of information about the poets of the Great War. Her study opens discussion of their body of work to a wide audience and invites others to follow her lead. The work she has done to nail down the facts, particularly biographical details of the authors she cites, is as remarkable as is the exactness she strives for. This substantial volume will be particularly valuable to anyone concerned with or interested in the little-known poets and verse cited." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199679324
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Series: Classical Presences Series
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Vandiver is the Clement Biddle Penrose Associate Professor of Latin and Classics at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Education, Class, and Classics
1. 'Sed Miles, Sed Pro Patria': Classics and Public School Culture
2. 'Like the Roman in Brave Days of Old': Middle- and Working-Class Classics
II. Representing War
3. 'The Riches of a Spartan Soul': Duty, Honour, Glory, and Sacrifice
4. 'The Heroes Stir in their Lone Beds': The Second Trojan War
III. Death and Remembrance
5. 'Yet Many a Better One Has Died Before': Deaths Imagined
6. 'Their Doom Was Glorious': Commemoration and Remembrance
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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