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‘What the dawn will bring to light’: Credulity and Commitment in the Ideological Construction of ‘Spain’

Stan Smith

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/9780199559602.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 ‘What the dawn will bring to light’: Credulity and Commitment in the Ideological Construction of ‘Spain’

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This chapter discusses the ideological construction of ‘Spain’, W.H. Auden's pamphlet-poem that was released in 1937, studying the coming together of individual commitment and collective action, which can be found at the ideological centre of Civil War poetry, and the contradictions between reality and illusion. It then looks at the struggles to overcome the fear of personal death and to keep on believing and justifying the cause, and also studies Stephen Spender's early Civil War poems and the idea of the vulnerability of the subject.

Keywords: ideological construction; Spain; pamphlet-poem; individual commitment; collective action; Civil War poetry; personal death; Stephen Spender; vulnerability

Article.  9312 words. 

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

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