Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew

Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew


The tale of worldwide struggle I, throughout the lives and phrases of its poets

The hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed could be the conflict to finish all wars is in 2014. And whereas international battle I devastated Europe, it encouraged profound poetry―words during which the ambience and panorama of conflict spring to mind possibly extra vividly than anyplace else.
The poets―many of whom have been killed―show not just the war's tragedy but in addition the hopes and disappointments of a new release of fellows. In Some determined Glory, the historian and biographer Max Egremont supplies us a transfiguring examine the lifestyles and paintings of this assemblage of poets. Wilfred Owen along with his flaring genius; the serious, compassionate Siegfried Sassoon; the composer Ivor Gurney; Robert Graves, who may later spurn his conflict poems; the nature-loving Edward Thomas; the glamorous Fabian Socialist Rupert Brooke; and the shell-shocked Robert Nichols―all fought within the conflict, and their poetry is a daring act of creativity within the face of unheard of destruction.
Some determined Glory includes a chronological anthology of the poets' works, telling the tale of the struggle not just during the lives of those writers but additionally via their paintings. This designated quantity unites the poetry and the background of the war―so usually handled separately―granting readers the satisfaction, strife, and sorrow of the person soldier's event coupled with a wide ranging view of the war's toll on a complete nation.

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