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War Poetry and the Realm of the Senses: Owen and Rosenberg

Santanu Das

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/9780199559602.013.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 War Poetry and the Realm of the Senses: Owen and Rosenberg

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This chapter explains how the differences between ‘imagination’ and ‘sense’ become blurred in the most powerful First World War verses, and determines how the experiences in the trenches were translated into poetic form, identifying the dangers and pleasures of such a process. It also studies some of the issues with regards to the senses by considering the works of two solider-poets, namely Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen. The chapter furthermore looks at the concept of ‘sensuous frontline existence’ and how it changed into a complex relation between language, perception, and emotion in Owen and Rosenberg's works.

Keywords: imagination; senses; soldier-poets; sensuous frontline existence; Wilfred Owen; Isaac Rosenberg; powerful verses; trenches; poetic form

Article.  13103 words. 

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

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