Survivors' Songs: From Maldon to the Somme

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From Homer to Heaney, the voices of men and women have seldom been more piercing, more poignant, than in time of conflict. For fifty years, Jon Stallworthy has been attuned to such voices. In Survivors' Songs he explores a series of poetic encounters with war, with essays on Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and others. Beautifully written, this moving book sets the poetry and prose of the First World War and its aftermath in the wider context of writing about warfare from prehistoric Troy to ...

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Overview

From Homer to Heaney, the voices of men and women have seldom been more piercing, more poignant, than in time of conflict. For fifty years, Jon Stallworthy has been attuned to such voices. In Survivors' Songs he explores a series of poetic encounters with war, with essays on Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and others. Beautifully written, this moving book sets the poetry and prose of the First World War and its aftermath in the wider context of writing about warfare from prehistoric Troy to Anglo-Saxon England; from Agincourt to Flanders; from El Alamein to Vietnam; from the wars of yesterday to the wars of tomorrow.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Stallworthy's book comes highly recommended,...The book has the tenor of a series of advanced ongoing literary essays...There is much of value here for both the general and specialist reader."
-MAJ Jeffrey Alfier, USAF, Retired, Tuscan, Arizona
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521899062
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Stallworthy is Acting President of Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1. The death of the hero; 2. Survivors' songs; 3. England's epic?; 4. Who was Rupert Brooke?; 5. Christ and the soldier; 6. Owen's afterlife; 7. Owen and his editors; 8. The legacy of the Somme; 9. The iconography of the waste land; 10. War and peace; 11. The fire from heaven; 12. Henry Reed and the great good place; 13. The fury and the mire; Index.

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