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The poetry of the First World War remains a singularly popular and powerful body of work. This Companion brings together leading scholars in the field to re-examine First World War poetry in English at the start of the centennial commemoration of the war. It offers historical and critical contexts, fresh readings of the important soldier-poets, and investigations of the war poetry of women and civilians, Georgians and Anglo-American modernists and of poetry from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the former British colonies. The volume explores the range and diversity of this body of work, its rich afterlife and the expanding horizons and reconfiguration of the term 'First World War Poetry'. Complete with a detailed chronology and guide to further reading, the Companion concludes with a conversation with three poets - Michael Longley, Andrew Motion and Jon Stallworthy - about why and how the war and its poetry continue to resonate with us.

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'The Cambridge Companion includes essays on poetry by women, and from all parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as from British colonies, to illuminate the expanding frame of reference.'

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Contents


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  • 1 - First World War Poetry: A Cultural Landscape
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Guide to Further Reading

Compiled by Santanu Das and Alice Kelly

Military History

Banks, Arthur. A Military Atlas of the First World War. London: Leo Cooper, 1997.
Keegan, John. The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and Somme. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1978.
Keegan, JohnThe First World War. London: Hutchinson, 1998.
Strachan, Hew. The First World War: Volume 1: To Arms. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Strachan, HewThe First World War: A New Illustrated History. London: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Art, Cultural and Social History

Barham, Peter. Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
Barrett, Michele. Casualty Figures: How Five Men Survived the First World War. London: Verso, 2008.
Bond, Brian. The Unquiet Western Front: Britain’s Role in Literature and History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Bourke, Joanna. Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain and the Great War. London: Reaktion, 1996.
Brockington, Grace. Above the Battlefield: British Modernism and the Peace Movement, 1900–1918. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2010.
Cooke, Miriam and Angela Woollacott, eds. Gendering War Talk. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.
Cork, Richard. A Bitter Truth. Avant-Garde Art and the Great War. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994.
Cooper, Helen M., AdrienneAuslander Munich and SusanMerrill Squier, eds. Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
Das, Santanu. ‘India, Empire and First World War Writing’ in EllekeBoehmer and RosinkaChaudhuri, eds. The Indian Postcolonial: A Critical Reader. London: Routledge, 2010.
Das, Santanu, ed. Race, Empire and First World War Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Doan, Laura. Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2013.
Eksteins, Modris. Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age. London: Bantam, 1989.
Field, Frank. British and French Writers of the First World War: Comparative Studies in Cultural History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975.
Goebel, Stefan. The Great War and Medieval Memory: War, Remembrance and Medievalism in Britain and Germany, 1914–1940. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Gregogy, Adrian. The Last Great War: British Society and the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Higonnet, Margaret R., Jane Jenson, Sonya Michel, and MargaretCollins Weitz, eds. Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.
Horne, John, ed. A Companion to World War I. Chichester; Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Hynes, Samuel. A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture. London: Bodley Head, 1990.
Jackson, Ashley. Distant Drums. The Role of Colonies in British Imperial Warfare. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2010.
Jeffery, Keith. Ireland and the Great War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Leed, Eric. No Man’s Land: Combat and Identity in World War I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.
Leese, Peter. Shell Shock: Traumatic Neurosis and the British Soldiers of the First World War. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002.
Malvern, Sue. Modern Art, Britain and the Great War. Witnessing, Testimony and Remembrance. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004.
Meyer, Jessica. Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain. London: Palgrave, 2008.
Ouditt, Sharon. Fighting Forces, Writing Women: Identity and Ideology in the First World War. London: Routledge 1994.
Ouditt, SharonWomen Writers of the First World War: An Annotated Bibliography. London: Routledge, 2000.
Paris, Michael, ed. The First World War and Popular Cinema: 1914 to the Present. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999.
Parker, Peter. The Old Lie: The Great War and the Public School Ethos. London: Constable, 1987.
Parker, PeterThe Last Veteran. Harry Patch and the Legacy of War. London: Fourth Estate, 2009.
Roper, Michael. The Secret Battle: Emotional Survival in the Great War. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.
Roshwald, Aviel and RichardStites, eds. European Culture in the Great War. The Arts, Entertainment and Propaganda 1914–1918. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Shephard, Ben. A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists, 1914–1994. London: Jonathan Cape, 2000.
Thompson, Alistair. Anzac Memories. Living with the Legend. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1994.
Todman, Dan. The Great War: Myth and Memory. London: Continuum, 2005.
Vance, Jonathan F.Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998.
Williams, David. Media, Memory, and the First World War. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.
Winter, Jay. The Great War and the British People. London: Macmillan, 1985.
Winter, JaySites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

General Literary Criticism

Bergonzi, Bernard. Heroes’ Twilight: A Study of the Literature of the Great War. London: Constable, 1965.
Booth, Allyson. Postcards from the Trenches: Negotiating the Space between Modernism and the First World War. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Buitenhuis, Peter. The Great War of Words: Literature as Propaganda 1914–18 and After. London: Batsford, 1989.
Carden-Coyne, Ana. Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Cecil, Hugh. The Flower of Battle: British Fiction Writers of the First World War. London: Secker & Warburg, 1995.
Cohen, Debra Rae. Remapping the Home Front: Locating Citizenship in British Women’s Great War Fiction. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2002.
Cole, Sarah. Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Cole, SarahAt the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Das, Santanu. Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Einhaus, Ann-Marie. The Short Story and the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Gerster, Robin. Big-Noting: The Heroic Theme in Australian War Writing. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1987.
Gilbert, Sandra M. and SusanGubar. No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century. 3 Volumes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.
Goldman, Dorothy, with JaneGledhill and JudithHattaway. Women Writers and the Great War. New York: Twayne, 1995.
Harvey, A.D.A Muse of Fire: Literature, Art and War. London: Hambledon Press, 1998.
Higonnet, Margaret. ‘Not So Quiet in No-Woman’s Land’ in Miriam Cooking and Angela Woollacott, eds. Gendering War Talk. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.
Howlett, Jana and RodMengham, eds. The Violent Muse: Violence and the Artistic Imagination in Europe, 1910–1939. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994.
Kerrigan, John. Archipelagic English: Literature, History and Politics, 1603–1707. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Marcus, Jane. ‘Corpus/Corps/Corpse: Writing the Body in/at War’. Afterword. Not So Quiet … Stepdaughters of War. By Helen Zenna Smith. New York: The Feminist Press, 1989.
McLoughlin, Kate, Authoring War: The Literary Representation of War from the Iliad to Iraq. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
McLoughlin, Kate, ed. The Cambridge Companion to War Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Parfitt, George. Fiction of the First World War: A Study. London: Faber, 1988.
Piette, Adam and MarkRawlinson, eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
Potter, Jane. Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War, 1914–1918. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005.
Raitt, Suzanne and Trudi Tate, eds. Women’s Fiction and the Great War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Sherry, Vincent. The Great War and the Language of Modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Sherry, Vincent ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Smith, Angela K. The Second Battlefield: Women, Modernism and the First World War. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.
Tate, Trudi. Modernism, History and the First World War. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998.
Tylee, Claire M.The Great War and Women’s Consciousness: Images of Militarism and Womanhood in Women’s Writings, 1914–64. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990.
Whalan, Mark. The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro. Florida: University Press of Florida, 2008.

Select Primary Texts (Mainly by Poets)

Aldington, Richard. Images of War. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1919.
Barbusse, Henri. Under Fire. Trans. W. Fitzwater Wray. 1918. London: Dent, 1965.
Blunden, Edmund. Poems 1914–1930. London: Cobden-Sanderson, 1930.
Blunden, EdmundUndertones of War. 1929. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2000.
Borden, Mary. The Forbidden Zone. 1929. London: Hesperus, 2008.
Brittain, Vera. Poems of the War and After. London: Victor Gollancz, 1934.
Brittain, VeraTestament of Youth. 1933. London: Virago, 1999.
Brooke, Rupert. Collected Poems. 1918. London: Papermac, 1992.
Brooke, RupertThe Letters, ed. Geoffrey Keynes. London: Faber, 1968.
Cannan, M.W. In War Time. Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1917.
Dennis, C.J.The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1916.
Eliot, T.S.Collected Poems 1909–1962. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1968.
Eliot, T.S.Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909–1917, ed. ChristopherRicks. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Sonnets and Poems. Oxford: Blackwell, 1918.
Gellert, Leon. Songs of a Campaign. Angus & Robertson: Sydney, 1918.
Graves, Robert. Poems about War, ed. WilliamGraves. London: Cassell, 1988.
Graves, RobertThe Complete Poems, ed. Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward. Manchester: Carcanet, 1995.
Graves, RobertGood-bye to All That. 1929. London: Penguin, 2000.
Graves, RobertBut It Still Goes On: An Accumulation. London and Toronto: Jonathan Cape, 1930.
Graves, RobertOn Poetry: Talks and Essays. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1969.
Gurney, Ivor. Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney, ed. P.J. Kavanagh. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Gurney, IvorCollected Letters, ed. R.K.R. Thornton. Manchester: Carcanet, 1991.
Hardy, Thomas. The Complete Poems, ed. JamesGibson. London: Macmillan, 1976.
Housman, A.E. AShropshire Lad and Other Poems, intro. Nick Laird. London: Penguin, 1995.
Islam, Kazi Nazrul. A New Anthology, trans. and ed., RafiqulIslam. Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 1990.
Jones, David. In Parenthesis. 1937. London: Faber, 2010.
Jones, DavidThe Anathemata. London: Faber, 1952.
Jones, DavidEpoch and Artist: Selected Writings, ed. HarmanGrisewood. London: Faber, 1959.
Jones, DavidDai Great-Coat: A Self-Portrait of David Jones in his Letters, ed. René Hague. London: Faber, 1980.
Kettle, T.M.The Ways of War. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1917.
Kipling, Rudyard. The Years Between. London: Methuen, 1919.
Kipling, RudyardDebits and Credits. London: Macmillan, 1926.
Kipling, RudyardWar Stories and Poems, ed. AndrewRutherford. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
Lawrence, D.H. Bay: A Book of Poems. London: Beaumont Press, 1919.
Ledwidge, Francis. Selected Poems ed. DermontBolger and intro. Seamus Heaney. Dublin: New Island Books, 1992.
Lee, Joseph. Ballads of Battle. London: John Murray, 1916.
Lewis, Wyndham. Blast. Issue 2 (War Number). London: Bodley Head, 1915.
Macaulay, Rose. Three Days. London: Constable, 1919.
MacGill, Patrick. Soldier Songs. London: Herbert Jenkins, 1917.
McCrae, John. In Flanders Fields and Other Poems. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919.
Mew, Charlotte. Collected Poems and Selected Prose, ed. ValWarner. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1997.
Nichols, Robert. Ardours and Endurances. London: Chatto and Windus, 1917.
Owen, Wilfred. The Complete Poems & Fragments, 2 vols, ed. JonStallworthy. London: Chatto andWindus, Hogarth and Oxford University Press, 1983.
Owen, WilfredThe Poems of Wilfred Owen, ed. JonStallworthy. London: Chatto andWindus, 1990.
Owen, WilfredWilfred Owen: Collected Letters, ed. HaroldOwen and JohnBell. London and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967.
Postgate, Margaret. Poems. London: Allen andUnwin, 1918.
Pound, Ezra. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, Selected Poems of Ezra Pound. New York: New Directions, 1957.
Pound, EzraPersonae: The Collected Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound, eds. LeaBaechler and A. Walton Litz. New York: New Directions, 1990.
Read, Herbert. Selected Poetry. London: Faber, 1966.
Rosenberg, Isaac. The Collected Works of Isaac Rosenberg: Poetry, Prose, Letters, Paintings, and Drawings, foreword by Siegfried Sassoon, ed. IanParsons. London: Chatto andWindus, 1979.
Rosenberg, IsaacThe Poems and Plays of Isaac Rosenberg, ed. VivianNoakes. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Sassoon, Siegfried. War Poems, ed. RupertHart-Davis. London: Faber, 1983.
Sassoon, SiegfriedCollected Poems, 1908–1956. London: Faber, 1983.
Sassoon, SiegfriedSherston’s Progress. London: Faber, 1936.
Sassoon, SiegfriedThe Complete Memoirs of George Sherston. 1937. London: Faber, 1952.
Sassoon, SiegfriedSiegfried’s Journey. London: Faber, 1945.
Sassoon, SiegfriedMemoirs of An Infantry Officer. 1930. London: Faber, 1965.
Sassoon, SiegfriedDiaries, 1915–18, ed. Rupert Hart-Davis. London: Faber, 1983.
Service, Robert. The Rhymes of a Red-Cross Man. London: T. FisherUnwin, 1916.
Sorley, Charles Hamilton. Marlborough and Other Poems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1916.
Sorley, Charles HamiltonCollected Poems, ed. JeanMoorcroft Wilson. London: Cecil Wolf, 1985.
Sorley, Charles HamiltonThe Letters of Charles Hamilton Sorley, ed. JeanMoorcroft Wilson. London: Cecil Woolf, 1990.
Thomas, Edward. The Annotated Collected Poems, ed. EdnaLongley. Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2008.
Thomas, EdwardThe Diary of Edward Thomas: 1 January-8 April 1917, intro. Roland Gant. Andoversford: Whittington Press, 1977.
Thomas, EdwardA Language Not to Be Betrayed: Selected Prose of Edward Thomas, ed. EdnaLongley. Manchester: Carcanet, in association with Mid-Northumberland Arts Group, 1981.
Thomas, EdwardEdward Thomas: Selected Letters, ed. R. George Thomas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Yeats, W.B.Collected Poems. London: Macmillan, 1950.

Anthologies

Baetz, Joel, ed. Canadian Poetry from World War I: An Anthology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Barlow, Adrian, ed. Six Poets of the Great War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Brophy, John and EricPartridge, eds. Songs and Slang of the British Soldier: 1914–1918. 1930. London: Scholartis Press, 1965.
Buelens, Geert ed., Het lijf in slijk geplant: gedichten uit de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Amsterdam: Ambo, 2008.
Cross, Tim, ed. The Lost Voices of World War I: An International Anthology of Writers, Poets and Playwrights. London: Bloomsbury, 1988.
Dawe, Gerald, ed. Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology of Irish War Poetry, 1914–1945. Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 2008.
Featherstone, Simon, ed. War Poetry: An Introductory Reader. London: Routledge, 1995.
Gardner, Brian, ed. Up the Line to Death: The War Poets, 1914–1918: An Anthology. Foreword by EdmundBlunden. 1964. London: Methuen, 2007.
Haughton, Hugh, ed. Second World War Poems. London: Faber, 2004.
Hibberd, Dominic and JohnOnions, eds. Poetry of the Great War: An Anthology. London: Macmillan, 1986.
Hibberd, Dominic and JohnOnions, The Winter of the World: Poems of the First World War. London: Constable, 2007.
Higgins, Ian, ed. Anthology of First World War French Poetry. Glasgow: University of Glasgow French and German Publications, 1996.
Higonnet, Margaret R. ed. Lines of Fire: Women Writers of World War I. New York: Penguin, 1999.
Hollis, Matthew and PaulKeegan, eds. 101 Poems Against War. London: Faber, 2003.
Jeffcock, John, ed. Heroes: 100 Poems from the New Generation of War Poets. Croydon: Ebury Press, 2011.
Kendall, Tim, ed. Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Khan, Nosheen, ed. Not With Loud Grieving. Lahore: Polymer Publications, 1994.
Laird, J.T.Other Banners. An Anthology of Australian Literature of the First World War. Canberra: Australian War Memorial and Australian Government Publishing Service, 1971.
Motion, Andrew, ed. First World War Poems. London: Faber and Faber, 2003.
Nichols, Robert, ed. Anthology of War Poetry, 1914–18. London: Nicholson and Watson, 1943.
Noakes, Vivien, ed. Voices of Silence: The Alternative Book of First World War Poetry. Stroud: Sutton, 2006.
Page, Geoff, ed. Shadows from Wire: Poems and Photographs of Australians in the Great War. Victoria: Penguin, 1983.
Parsons, I.M., ed. Men Who March Away: Poems of the First World War. London: Chatto andWindus; Heinemann Educational, 1965.
Powell, Anne, ed. A Deep Cry: First World War Soldier-Poets Killed in Northern France and Flanders. Thrupp: Sutton, 1993.
Reilly, Catherine W., ed. Scars Upon My Heart: Women’s Poetry and Verse of the First World War. Preface by Judith Kazantzis. London: Virago, 1981.
Royle, Trevor, ed. In Flanders Fields: Scottish Poetry and Prose of the First World War. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1990.
Silkin, Jon, ed. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry. Middlesex and London: Allen Lane, 1979 [rev. edn. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981].
Stallworthy, Jon, ed. The Oxford Book of War Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.
Stallworthy, JonAnthem for Doomed Youth: Twelve Soldier Poets of the First World War. London: Constable, 2002.
Stallworthy, Jon and JanePotter, eds. Three Poets of the First World War: Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen. London: Penguin, 2011.
Stephen, Martin, ed. Never Such Innocence: A New Anthology of Great War Verse. London: Buchan andEnright, 1988.
Taylor, Martin, ed. Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches. London: Constable, 1989.
Van Wienen, Mark W., ed. Rendezvous with Death: American Poems of the Great War. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.
Walter, George, ed. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry. London: Penguin, 2006.

Poetry Bibliography: Biographies and Critical Studies

Anderson Winn, James. The Poetry of War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Blissett, William. The Long Conversation: A Memoir of David Jones. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981.
Blunden, Edmund. War Poets, 1914–1918. Harlow, London: Longmans, Green for the British Council and the National Book League, 1958.
Brearton, Fran. The Great War in Irish Poetry: W.B. Yeats to Michael Longley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Brearton, Fran ‘A War of Friendship: Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon’. In Kendall ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry.
Bridgwater, Patrick. The German Poets of the First World War. London: Croom Helm, 1985.
Buck, Claire. ‘Reframing Women’s War Poetry’. In JaneDowson ed. The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women’s Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Caesar, Adrian. Taking It Like a Man: Suffering, Sexuality, and the War Poets: Brooke, Sassoon, Owen, Graves. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993.
Campbell, James. ‘Combat Gnosticism: The Ideology of First World War Poetry Criticism’. New Literary History. Volume 30, Number 1, Winter 1999, 203–15.
Corcoran, Neil, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Curtayne, Alice. Francis Ledwidge: A Life of the Poet (1887–1917). London: Martin Brian and OKeefe, 1972.
Das, Santanu. ‘War Poetry and the Realm of the Senses: Owen and Rosenberg’. In Kendall ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry.
Dilworth, Thomas. The Shape and Meaning in the Poetry of David Jones. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
Egrement, Max. Siegfried Sassoon: A Life. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005.
Featherstone, Simon. ‘Women’s Poetry of the First and Second World Wars’. In Kendall ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry.
Fenton, James. The Strength of Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Goldie, David. ‘Was there a Scottish War Literature? Scotland, Poetry and the First World War’. In Kendall ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry.
Graham, Desmond. The Truth of War: Owen, Blunden, Rosenburg. Manchester: Carcanet, 1984.
Hassall, Christopher. Rupert Brooke: A Biography. New York: Harcourt, Brace, World, 1964.
Hibberd, Dominic. Owen the Poet. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986.
Hibberd, DominicThe Last Year, 1917–1918. London: Constable, 1992.
Hibberd, DominicWilfred Owen: A New Biography. London: Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, 2002.
Hibberd, Dominic, ed. Poetry of the First World War: A Casebook. London: Macmillan, 1981.
Hibberd, Dominic, The First World War (Context and Commentary Series). Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990.
Higonnet, Margaret. ‘The Great War and the Female Elegy: Female Lamentation and Silence in Global Contexts’: The Global South, Vol 1:7, 2007, 120–36.
Hipp, Daniel. The Poetry of Shell Shock: Wartime Trauma and Healing in Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and Siegfried Sassoon. Jefferson, NC; London: McFarland, 2005.
Hollis, Matthew. Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward ThomasLondon: Faber, 2012.
Howarth, Peter. British Poetry in the Age of Modernism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Howarth, PeterCambridge Introduction to Modernist Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Hurd, Michael. The Ordeal of Ivor Gurney. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Johnston, John H.English Poetry of the First World War: A Study in the Evolution of Lyric and Narrative Form. London: Oxford University Press, 1964.
Kendall, Tim. Modern English War Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Kendall, Tim, ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Kerr, Douglas. Wilfred Owen’s Voices: Language and Community. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Khan, Nosheen. Women’s Poetry of the First World War. New York and London: HarvesterWheatsheaf, 1988.
Lane, Arthur E.An Adequate Response: The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1972.
Larkin, Philip. ‘The War Poet’, Required Writing. London: Faber, 1983.
Lehmann, John. The English Poets of the First World War. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981.
Longley, Edna. Poetry in the Wars. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe, 1986.
Longley, Edna ‘The Great War, History, and the English Lyric’. In Vincent Sherry ed. The Cambridge Companion to Literature of the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Lyon, Philippa. Twentieth-Century War Poetry. London: Palgrave, 2005.
Marsland, Elizabeth A.The Nation’s Cause: French, English and German Poetry of the First World War. London: Routledge, 1991.
Martin, Meredith. The Rise and Fall of Meter: English Poetry and National Culture, 1860–1930. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.
Montefiore, Jan. ‘“Blind Mouths”: Oral Metaphor, Literary Tradition and the Fantasy of the Mother in Some Women’s Elegies of the Great War’. Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 21.3 (1998): 376–90.
Moorcroft Wilson, Jean. Isaac Rosenberg: Poet and Painter. London: Cecil Woolf, 1975.
Moorcroft Wilson, JeanCharles Hamilton Sorley: A Biography. London: Cecil Woolf, 1985.
Moorcroft Wilson, JeanSiegfried Sassoon: The Making of a War Poet: A Biography (1886–1918). London: Duckworth, 1998.
Moorcroft Wilson, JeanSiegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches: A Biography (1918–1967). London: Duckworth, 2003.
Motion, Andrew. The Poetry of Edward Thomas. London: Hogarth, 1980.
Murray, Nicholas. The Red Sweet Wine of Youth: The Brave and Brief Lives of the War Poets. London: Little, Brown, 2010.
Owen, Harold. Journey from Obscurity: Wilfred Owen, 1893–1918: Memoirs of the Owen Family, 3 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1963–5.
Parfitt, George. English Poetry of the First World War: Contexts and Themes. New York and London: HarvesterWheatsheaf, 1990.
Perloff, Marjorie. ‘“Easter 1916”: Yeats’ First World War Poem’. In Kendall ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish Poetry.
Plain, Gill. ‘Great Expectations: Rehabilitating the Recalcitrant War Poets’. Feminist Review 51 (1995), 41–65.
Potter, Jane. ‘“The Essentially Modern Attitude Toward War”: English Poetry of the Great War’. In Piette and Rawlinson, eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
Puissant, Susanne Christine. Irony and the Poetry of the First World War. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Ramazani, Jahan. Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Rawlinson, Mark. ‘Wilfred Owen’. In Kendall ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry.
Reilly, Catherine W.English Poetry of the First World War: A Bibliography. London: George Prior, 1978.
Ricketts, Harry. Strange Meetings: The Poets of the Great War. London: Chatto andWindus, 2010.
Rogers, Timothy, ed. Georgian Poetry, 1911–1922: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge andKegan Paul, 1977.
Sherry, Vincent. ‘The Great War and Literary Modernism in England’. In Sherry ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War.
Sherry, Vincent ‘The Great War and Modernist Poetry’. In Kendall ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry.
Silkin, Jon. Out of Battle: The Poetry of the Great War. London: Oxford University Press, 1972.
Spear, Hilda D.Remembering, We Forget: A Background Study to the Poetry of the First World War. London: Davis-Poynter, 1979.
Stallworthy, Jon. Poets of the First World War. London: Oxford University Press in association with the Imperial War Museum, 1974.
Stallworthy, JonWilfred Owen. London: Chatto andWindus, 1974; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980.
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Web Sites

The ‘First World War Poetry Digital Archive’ (http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit), hosted by the University of Oxford, is a major web resource, and is linked to other important sites (including the Wilfred Owen Multimedia Digital Archive). It has substantial primary material on Blunden, Brittain, Graves, Gurney, Jones, Leighton, Owen, Rosenberg, Sassoon and Thomas. It has an online collection of several thousand items of texts, images, audio and video files.

Other important web resources include: