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There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The 250 poems included in this acclaimed anthology span centuries of human conflict from David's lament for Saul and Jonathan, and Homer's Iliad, to the finest poems of the Second World War, Vietnam, the conflicts in Northern Ireland and El Salvador, and chilling vision There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The 250 poems included in this acclaimed anthology span centuries of human conflict from David's lament for Saul and Jonathan, and Homer's Iliad, to the finest poems of the Second World War, Vietnam, the conflicts in Northern Ireland and El Salvador, and chilling visions of the "Next War." Reflecting the feelings of poets as diverse as Byron, Hardy, Owen, Sassoon, and Heaney, they reveal a great shift in social awareness from man's early celebratory "war songs" to the more recent "anti-war" attitudes of poets responding to "man's inhumanity to man."


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There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The 250 poems included in this acclaimed anthology span centuries of human conflict from David's lament for Saul and Jonathan, and Homer's Iliad, to the finest poems of the Second World War, Vietnam, the conflicts in Northern Ireland and El Salvador, and chilling vision There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. The 250 poems included in this acclaimed anthology span centuries of human conflict from David's lament for Saul and Jonathan, and Homer's Iliad, to the finest poems of the Second World War, Vietnam, the conflicts in Northern Ireland and El Salvador, and chilling visions of the "Next War." Reflecting the feelings of poets as diverse as Byron, Hardy, Owen, Sassoon, and Heaney, they reveal a great shift in social awareness from man's early celebratory "war songs" to the more recent "anti-war" attitudes of poets responding to "man's inhumanity to man."

30 review for The Oxford Book of War Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    I enjoyed this collection of poems very much. It was interesting to follow the change in how wars are depicted - since the poems are ordered in chronological order to the wars they each tell of. My favorite authors, which I will probably be looking more into are - in no particular order: John Donne (1572-1631) John Dryden (1631-1700) Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Charles Sorley (1895-1 I enjoyed this collection of poems very much. It was interesting to follow the change in how wars are depicted - since the poems are ordered in chronological order to the wars they each tell of. My favorite authors, which I will probably be looking more into are - in no particular order: John Donne (1572-1631) John Dryden (1631-1700) Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Charles Sorley (1895-1915) Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) Herbert Read (1893-1968)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jwduke

    If you like poetry, don't buy this book. If you are a veteran from war looking for some closure, it might help.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shehzor

    A sweeping review of humanity's experience with war. Fills you with an understanding of all the various perspectives human beings have looked at war with. From the ideas of glory and vitality found in the ancient anonymous poets, to the powerful anti-war sentiments of Wilfred Owen and WB Yeats. A book like this leaves you with not only an understanding of how humanity has perceived war, but also of the evolution of poetry, which is essentially the "spontaneous overflow of emotions". This idea is A sweeping review of humanity's experience with war. Fills you with an understanding of all the various perspectives human beings have looked at war with. From the ideas of glory and vitality found in the ancient anonymous poets, to the powerful anti-war sentiments of Wilfred Owen and WB Yeats. A book like this leaves you with not only an understanding of how humanity has perceived war, but also of the evolution of poetry, which is essentially the "spontaneous overflow of emotions". This idea is discussed in the introduction, and the importance of the genre of war poetry becomes clearer when we consider that no event or situation leads to a more powerful overflow of emotions than war.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maryam

    Great collection; the organization is impressive. Though mostly European poems, there's a good amount of Eastern works in here, too. A must-have in every poetry lover's library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Lane

    I enjoyed most of these poems especially Wilfred Owen / Siegfried Sasson /

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dayna Smith

    An epic collection of war poetry from all eras by a wide range of poets. It is arranged in chronological order and has a selection of footnotes to explain the various battles referred to in the poems. A magnificent collection of poetry, every poetry lover should own this anthology.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Thomas A Andrew

    Influential, famous poems on the subject of the world wars. This collection of poetry made me appreciate poetry more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Davis

    A friend gave me this book and I love it. It's great to pick up and read every once in a while. The poetry is good and challenging.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tom Batalias

    A great collection which includes one of my all-time favorites; Rudyard Kipling's "Tommy".

  11. 5 out of 5

    Genie McFate

    A horrible and beautiful read all at once. Such as one poem's description about the ghastly, deadly affects of mustard gas.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daisy Leather

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth Gribbin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ciara

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Parkin

  17. 4 out of 5

    Korben Dallas

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Margaret

  19. 5 out of 5

    Falaise

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daminisree

  22. 4 out of 5

    Millie Jayne Nagle

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Stodghill

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirstjen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Dodson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jemma

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darren

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liviana

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beccadg

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

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