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The Poetry of Pain

Sarah Cole

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/9780199559602.013.0026

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Poetry of Pain

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This chapter shows how the intertwined elements of rest, anger, grief, and force in the Iliad helped organize later war poetry, discussing some of the shared motifs and principles that cross a spectrum of war poetry. It notes that while it is impossible to historicize pain, it is still possible to outline its poetic forms, and also tries to develop the lineaments of the aesthetics of modern war poetry.

Keywords: Iliad; pain; poetic forms; aesthetics; modern war poetry

Article.  10486 words. 

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

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