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The Oxford Book of War Poetry

Series: Oxford Books of Prose & Verse

by Jon Stallworthy

Category: Language & Literature / Poetry Anthologies
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 23 October 2008
Number of pages: 400

There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The 250 poems in Jon Stallworthy's classic and celebrated anthology span centuries of human experience of war, from David's Lament for Saul and Jonathan, and Homer's Iliad, to the finest poems of the First and Second World Wars, and beyond. Reflecting the feelings of poets as diverse as Byron, Hardy, Owen, Sassoon, and Heaney, they chart a great shift in human awareness - from man's early celebratory 'war-songs' to the twentieth century's darker poetic responses to 'man's inhumanity to man'.

What the papers say:
Review from previous edition quite simply the most rewardingly catholic anthology of battle verse I know. Homer, Byron, Macauley, Hardy - and more recently, Keyes, Reed, Lewis, Douglas and Prince - they're all here, plus an excellent brief essay of introduction. Times Educational Supplement a marvellous collection of old favourites and many surprises. The Star This collection is of exceptionally high quality. Washington Post full of good things...many old favourites and quite a few genuine surprises. Vernon Scannell, The Guardian This is an anthology that works in a way that the work of no single poet could. The Observer

Author's Biography:
Jon Stallworthy is Professor of English Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of 8 collections of poetry; works of criticism, and biographer of Wilfred Owen. He was an editor at OUP from 1959 to 1977.

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