Poets of the Second World War

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Poets of the Second World War

Writers and Their Work


May 30th, 2015

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It is a commonly held belief that, other than the work of Keith Douglas and perhaps Alun Lewis, the Second World War (1939 – 1945) inspired hardly any poetry of merit, and certainly little to compare to the poets of the Great War of 1914 – 1918. Even in the early 1940s, the literary press in Britain was asking, ‘Where are the war poets?’ This book addresses why that might have been so, as well as providing ample evidence that the conflict did in fact inspire some of the finest poetry of the twentieth century. It looks in detail at several of the most notable English- language poets of that war, and also provides an overview of the other remarkable poetry about it, helping readers to evaluate the true significance of the Second World War on English-language poetry.


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Rory Waterman is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outlines10
1 Introduction: Where Were the War Poets?20
2 Keith Douglas25
3 Alun Lewis42
4 Randall Jarrell59
5 Charles Causley73
6 Louis Simpson84
7 Naming of Parts: Some Other Poets of the Second World War97
Select Bibliography122