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‘Others have come before you’: The Influence of Great War Poetry on Second World War Poets

Dawn Bellamy

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/9780199559602.013.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 ‘Others have come before you’: The Influence of Great War Poetry on Second World War Poets

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This chapter takes a look at the influence of Great War poetry on the poets of the Second World War. It identifies the poppy as the most distinct icon of World War I, which suggests both remembrance and bloodshed, while the lily was designated as the icon of World War II. The chapter then examines the homoerotic traditions of World War I poetry, soldier poetry, domesticity, and the imagery of crucifixion and sacrifice.

Keywords: Great War poetry; Second World War; homoerotic traditions; soldier poetry; domesticity; crucifixion; sacrifice

Article.  7427 words. 

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

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