Poets of the Great War

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Here are the extraordinary writings of a generation who fought through a war of unprecedented destructive power, and who had to find new voices to express the horror of what they discovered. The great names - Owen, Sassoon - are fully represented, but there are also many poems by lesser-known or unexpected figures, ranging from serving soldiers like Isaac Rosenberg and Richard Aldington to women such as Edith Nesbit and Vera Brittain. The poems are arranged by theme to give a sense of how the writers' feelings and attitudes evolved.

©1997 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1997 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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Great War Poets, great poetry, great work

Beautifully done, and a work worth listening to. I found I could only take this in small bouts as each poem is emotionally charged and puts you in the trenches or stretches. These poets where great writers and the narrators fantastic. I will pull this one out each Anzac Day and listen to it as it not only puts you in the mood, it makes you feel the sacrifice. Love this work.

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Enter into the minds of the chaps fighting WWI

Loved it. A wonderful and chilling collection. Really an essential to any WWI enthusiasts book collection.

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  • JTT
  • 11-11-18

a must read

part of our debt to the lost generation. they shall never be forgotten. hard hitting as it should

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  • A.
  • 12-23-12

moving

this is an excellent selection of war poems. Well worth the price. Very moving and powerful

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  • Rose
  • 07-29-18

What passing bells for these who die as cattle?

So, this is what war is all about. These poems are some of the best ever written about conflict I think and yet, i wonder if they’d have been so well known if war ahd not intervened or their poetry so poignant and full of emotion. I wonder too if the other side had its poets as well. However, this is a review and not a thesis so I’ll speak no more of what I think concerning poets and war and concentrate instead on the point of the book which is to bring together some of the finest work of those that in some cases never lived to see its publication. It has everything. it is emotional, angry and cynical as well plus a lot of other things besides. In some parts of the performance the telling tends to beer towards the melodramatic when more emotion might habe enhanced the reading so that it becomes a bit formulaic but otherwise it would go a very long way in making the point regarding the futility of war though war is, on one level, a necessary evil of mankind but that’s a topic for another day.