- File Size: 875 KB
- Print Length: 269 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tom Benson; 111216 edition (November 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CJW6EV6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,667,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Military Matters (An Anthology of Poetry Book 4) Kindle Edition
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, too. Even though it is a collection of poems, consisting of rhymes, it sounds very natural. When I was reading this book, I had a feeling as if a soldier friend were talking, or perhaps singing, to me. There is no political agenda in these poems. They sound more like personal accounts of military training and combat. They are tales of bravery, honor, comradeship, love and loss.
I am sure that veterans would find even more in this book than I did, but I would like to say that it is an enlightening read for people who do not know much about war as well. I often see people from the military in martial arts classes, but they normally do not talk about their job. Now after I read this book I find it easier to imagine common thoughts and worries of soldiers and relate to those who have been fighting for our safety and freedom. I am aware that this book is just an aesthetic abstraction from real war, but it does serve its educating purpose as well. Personally I tend to question and doubt the meaning of many wars yet admire those who are willing to risk their lives to protect their country and make the world a more peaceful place in the long run.
The second section is in 25 parts and records the story of Steady Eddie from the tough training to become a Royal Marine to the moment, years later, when he has a close brush with the Grim Reaper.
Most poets would have opted for freestyle. Tom Benson did not: the rhyme, rhythm and pace are amazing, drawing the reader on from start to finish, with only the occasional explanatory note from the author to interrupt the flow. Highly recommended to all; readers need no prior knowledge, or even interest, in matters military to be captivated by Military Matters.
Tom Benson neither glorifies nor condemns, but with acute poignancy relates the thoughts, feelings, and accounts of a soldier's life and the job he does. Whilst the author assures the reader that people and events in the poems are largely fictitious, there can be no doubt amongst the lines and verses there are real memories and experiences upon which some of them are based. I doubt if any serving or ex-serviceman or woman could help but be moved, and pause for thought whilst reading through this anthology. Military Matters also presents a unique and heart felt glimpse to the non-military reader of a different world, and one that helps protect and maintain the peaceful one in which we all hope to live and enjoy our lives.
Those readers who have read and enjoyed the works of Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke might well appreciate these up-dated, modern day accounts of war and the military and how they compare.
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