Some Desperate Glory

Some Desperate Glory

The First World War the Poets Knew

Book - 2014
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Examines "the life and work of [the WWI poets--many of whom were killed--which shows not only the war's tragedy but also the hopes and disappointments of a generation of men]: Wilfred Owen with his flaring genius; the intense, compassionate Siegfried Sassoon; the composer Ivor Gurney; Robert Graves, who would later spurn his war poems; the nature-loving Edward Thomas; the glamorous Fabian Socialist Rupert Brooke; and the shell-shocked Robert Nichols--all fought in the war, and their poetry is a bold act of creativity in the face of unprecedented destruction"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374280321
0374280320
Branch Call Number: 821.912 EGREMON
Characteristics: xi, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: First World War the poets knew

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May 10, 2015

Disappointing compendium skewed in favor of making a case for the entirely flawed analysis that WWI existed to bring forward the cause of homosexuality. Each poet is analyzed and valued for his contribution toward making gay sex OK. The gay sex and frankly child rape no doubt still inherent at English 'public schools' gets a seal of approval as does the sick pretence that among the English upper classes who run these awful schools everything remains mostly cool. The preface reveals the flawed agenda. Readers with forbears in the war can't help but be offended by the title's misrepresentation.

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