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The Hundred Years' War: Modern War Poems

Authors: Neil Astley

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781780371009

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This anthology presents poems from a hundred years of war by poets writing as combatants on opposite sides, or as victims or anguished witnesses. It chronicles times of war and conflict from the trenches of the Somme through the Spanish Civil War to the horrors of the Second World War, Hiroshima and the Holocaust; and in Korea, the Middle East, Vietnam, Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan and other so-called “theatres of war”. There are poems from years when the world was threatened by all-out nuclear war and more recent poems written in response to international terrorism.

Where possible, the poems from each war or conflict are presented chronologically in terms of when they were written or set, building up a picture of what individual poets from different nations were experiencing at the same time, either on the same battlegrounds or in other parts of the world (including the home front), with, for example, British, French and German poets all writing of shared experiences in opposite trenches during the five-month Battle of the Somme.

Poets in the anthology include: Adonis, Yehuda Amichai, Doug Anderson, Guillaume Apollinaire, Simon Armitage, W.H. Auden, Nobuo Ayukawa, Ingeborg Bachmann, Adisa Bašic, Eavan Boland, Sargon Boulus, Joseph Brodsky, Rupert Brooke, Mary Wedderburn Cannan, Ciaran Carson, Michael Casey, Paul Celan, William Childress, Gillian Clarke, Jean Cocteau, David Constantine, Tony Conran, John Cornford, Lam Thi My Da, József Choli Daróczi, Seamus Heaney, Hamish Henderson, Miguel Hernández, Zbigniew Herbert, John Hewitt, Brendan Kennelly, Edvard Kocbek, Ko Un, Ku Sang, Günter Kunert, Reiner Kunze, Philip Larkin, Denise Levertov, Primo Levi, Alun Lewis, Alfred Lichtenstein, Eugenio Montale, Andrew Motion, Zvonimir Mrkonjic, Pablo Neruda, Dan O'Brien, Wilfred Owen, Dan Pagis, Cécile Périn, Mario Petrucci, Izet Sarajlic, Siegfried Sassoon, Anton Schnack, Aharon Shabtai, Jo Shapcott, Owen Sheers, Edward Thomas, Tran Da Tu, Brian Turner, W.B. Yeats, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Natan Zach, Fahrudin Zilkic.

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