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  1. Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew
    Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew
    Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew
    Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew
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  2. Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew

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The story of World War I, through the lives and words of its poets

The hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed would be the war to end all wars is in 2014. And while World War I devastated Europe, it inspired profound poetry―words in which the atmosphere and landscape of battle are evoked perhaps more vividly than anywhere else.
The poets―many of whom were killed―show not only the war's tragedy but also the hopes and disappointments of a generation of men. In Some Desperate Glory, the historian and biographer Max Egremont gives us a transfiguring look at the life and work of this assemblage of poets. 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.
Some Desperate Glory includes a chronological anthology of the poets' works, telling the story of the war not only through the lives of these writers but also through their art. This unique volume unites the poetry and the history of the war―so often treated separately―granting readers the pride, strife, and sorrow of the individual soldier's experience coupled with a panoramic view of the war's toll on an entire nation.

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Max Egremont
First Edition
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Egremont’s examination of the First World War as seen through the lives and work of its most famous poets is a fascinating book (the poets include Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas, Robert Graves, Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, Edmund Blunden, Julian Grenfell, Charles Sorley, and Robert Nichols).

Part biography, part history, the book is unique in its organization: a chapter is devoted to each year of the war, detailing the circumstances and mental states of each of the eleven writers who supply the lenses through which we see and understand the horror and the heroism of modern warfare.

For those not particularly interested in poetry, the book should still be of great interest: Egremont is concerned with the meaning and meaninglessness of the WWI, arguing its general significance (“More than twice as many British were killed in the First World War as in the Second”), as well as describing its particularities (after... Read more
I bought this as a gift for a friend in the military and he absolutely enjoyed it. He thought it was a great read and a really unique gift.
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