British Poetry of World War I

(1866 words)
  • Stuart Sillars

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

The poetry of the world war of 1914-18 which is now regarded as the most significant is that produced by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and, to a lesser degree, Edmund Blunden, Ivor Gurney and Isaac Rosenberg. All produced poems that, by focusing on specific incidents from the war and voicing anger or bitterness at the colossal waste of life they witnessed, revitalised earlier poetic forms at the same time as making powerful personal statements.

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) had written poetry before the war, largely in the pastoral-realist style of the Georgian poetry anthologies, but the war gave his writing a far stronger individual tone, marked by a combination of unflinching description of detailed individual events and …

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Sillars, Stuart. "British Poetry of World War I". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2008
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  1. World War 1 Literature