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Introduction

Tim Kendall

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Introduction

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This chapter introduces war poetry, which has internal tensions that are usually overlooked. It shows that this activity suggests both destruction (war) and creation (writing a poem) and contains binary oppositions, especially life and death. The chapter also examines the claims and thoughts of Theodor Adorno, Louis MacNeice, and Ivor Gurney with regards to war poetry and art.

Keywords: war poetry; internal tensions; binary oppositions; Theodor Adorno; Louis MacNeice; Ivor Gurney

Article.  993 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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