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The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry: Revised Edition (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Paperback – May 1, 1997


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  • Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141180099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141180090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have always loved writing poetry, but have often found it hard to read the works of other writers. This book changed me; I have read and re-read the poems collected in this book countless times. It never ceases to move me. The poems offer insight into life, death, love, and the meaning of patriotism. These poems helped me come closer to understanding the experiences of soldiers. Though written many years before I was even born, the themes throughout the book can still be related to today.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By matt on June 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has done so much to call us not to forget our own humanity. The impersonal power of war, the dehumanization of violent death at the hands of other humans- such tragedies as these call us to remember who we are as humans. It is one of the peculiarities of life that it is often at the brink of destruction that we see most clearly what our hearts have always spoken to us. In the violence of war and conflict, our thoughts often return to the simple things of life; the laughter of a child who lived next door, the smell of spring, the faces of old schoolmates.
This collection of poetry serves its title well. Only one poem spoken aptly to our heart calls us to our true selves, against forgetting.
You may also find the poems of Hermann Hesse of importance in this regard, along with Against Forgetting
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Format: Paperback
This anthology captures the stunning impact WWI had on European society, particualrly its youth who had entered the 20th century convinced it would be a golden age. Instead, the carnage laid bare the sharp societal divisions and inequities at the core of Europe, leading to a newfound cynicism directed at the Continent's governments of empire. This essential volume includes works by lesser-known poets, as well as the cherished standards by Rupert Brooke, Rudyard Kipling and their peers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction on April 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
All in all, a good collection of WWI-era or -inspired poetry. It's beautiful, wrenching stuff that, quite honestly, is difficult to read sometimes. I appreciated the selection's broad range, which included French, German, Russian, Italian, and female voices.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By neilarch on July 7, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very happy with the book. Very good condition. Will be purchasing silmilar titles again.
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