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The Muse that Failed: Poetry and Patriotism during the Second World War

Helen Goethals

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/9780199559602.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The Muse that Failed: Poetry and Patriotism during the Second World War

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This chapter challenges the conventional view of poetry and patriotism, considering the assumptions that limit one's understanding of both the politics and poetry of the Second World War. It describes ‘war poetry’ as an inherently historicizing term, which assumes a relationship between the poetic response to, and the historical events of, a certain period of war. The chapter reveals that the poems and events are assembled by literary critics and historians into connected literary and historical narratives of war.

Keywords: patriotism; conventional view; war poetry; poetic response; historical events; literary narratives; historical narratives

Article.  7089 words. 

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

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