Such moving works I am not very good at understanding poetry, but these.one could feel the words. I m very glad I read these The collected authors here lived through the war Their poetry speaks the reality of it, the drama of it, the glory of it, the results of it It is a wonderful collection It took me awhile to enter it But once I did it was not very far from my thoughts The images and power of the words to speak to the violence of our hearts and our nation states was dramatic. Ithan liked the book, but it was not perfect therefore just below 5 Why I read this anthologyThe poems collected in this book by Tim Kendall concern the epoch which interests me most in history at the moment World War I and the fundamental changes it brought about to society at least Western culture I have read several books on the topic, portraying this epoch from various historical viewpoints And works of fiction set in this era It was time for me to try to glimpIthan liked the book, but it was not perfect therefore just below 5 Why I read this anthologyThe poems collected in this book by Tim Kendall concern the epoch which interests me most in history at the moment World War I and the fundamental changes it brought about to society at least Western culture I have read several books on the topic, portraying this epoch from various historical viewpoints And works of fiction set in this era It was time for me to try to glimpse the feelings this conflict evoked in people Since I believe poetry to be the closest we can get to communicate emotions between each other when it comes to written art , an anthology of this kind was the next step My subjective opinionNow a problem looms in front of me How do you rate and review an anthology of poetry Since it is a collection of poetry by various authors, my subjective opinion will be of even less value than usually Although I will give it nonetheless I was captured by the wide range of emotions and thoughts which this conflict evoked in people, both during and after While reading the various poems, I soon realised I wanted to readaccounts of how it was to actually be in the trenches The fear, anger, boredom, sadness, helplessness, or courage that filled people Or just how the mud felt, what the food tasted like, or how the cold bit Now after finishing this anthology, I still feel I have not read enough such accounts The 4 and a stars I feel the anthology is definitely worth, reflect this incomplete satisfaction otherwise it would have been 5 not a reflection on the quality of the poems themselves My objective opinionSo much for my subjective opinion The closest I can come to an objective description, is to say I believe T.K has gathered a very varied and rich collection of poems, representing authors of all kinds of backgrounds I found the introduction to each author informative and interesting, giving additional depth to the following poems I do not know but my insatisfaction regarding descriptions of trench life , might be due to the fact there simply are not that many such poematic depictions If I may venture so far as to highlight some poems I found moving.My personal favourite which I returned to several times , wasUnidentifiedby Mary Broden The common man is depicted as a soldier symbol While war and strife makes all pretentious wise men and their pompous thinking pointless How life is reduced to the bare basics by this It is unfortunately too long for me to write hereOnly a Bocheby Robert Service was professionally interesting, since it was the only poem to come anywhere close to describe the work I might have been doing myself serving at a dressing stationDulce et Decorum Estby Wilfred Owen describes in vivid detail a gas attack I saw his round mouth s crimson deepen as it fell, Like a Sun, in his last deep hour Watched the magnificent recession of farewell, Clouding, half gleam, half glower,And a last splendour burn the heavens of his cheek And in his eyesThe cold stars lighting, very old and bleak, In different skies.A poem by Wilfred Owen I found movingly mysterious and full of intimate emotion I will end this review with the most beautiful and bitter real hymn to the dead When you see millions of the mouthless deadAcross your dreams in pale battalions go,Say not soft things as other men have said,That you ll remember For you need not so.Give them not praise For, deaf, how should they knowIt is not curses heaped on each gashed head Nor tears Their blind eyes see not your tears flow.Nor honour It is easy to be dead.Say only this, They are dead Then add thereto, Yet many a better one has died before Then, scanning all the o ercrowded mass, should youPerceive one face that you loved heretofore,It is a spook None wears the face you knew.Great death has made all his for ever By Charles Sorley This collection is limited to British poetry, but it contains a meaningful introduction to the war s impact on articulate men Take an Army of Mercenaries by A.E Houseman These, in the day when heaven was falling,The hour when earth s foundations fled,Followed their mercenary callingAnd took their wages and are dead.Their shoulders held the sky suspended,They stood, and earth s foundations stay What God abandoned, these defended,And saved the sum of things for pay.Houseman wasn t a participant, This collection is limited to British poetry, but it contains a meaningful introduction to the war s impact on articulate men Take an Army of Mercenaries by A.E Houseman These, in the day when heaven was falling,The hour when earth s foundations fled,Followed their mercenary callingAnd took their wages and are dead.Their shoulders held the sky suspended,They stood, and earth s foundations stay What God abandoned, these defended,And saved the sum of things for pay.Houseman wasn t a participant, but his poem captures the sacrifice of the BEF in the first months of the war There are dozens of poems as good in this collection, maybeIt is heartbreaking to read about disillusionment this poetry collection is so so goodi can scarcely find a poem i dislike in this whole collection i ve memorized the soldier brooke and breakfast gibson because of this anthology, and have been introduced to some brilliant writers in here i d never read before, such as wilfrid gibson and thomas hardy if anyone is just getting into the great war its literature, read this collection to start you out. My approach to this collection was to hunt for the poems that move me perhaps on one else in the context of war itself I found that the poems that generally met this were by poets who were in the war or very close to it I did not read all of the works and today I periodically review and study poems that interest me I believe war will never leave us and it is important to understand the experience Poetry helps. I have this fine anthology in hardcover, lovely Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and. The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent Its poets mark the conflict in ways that are both intensely personal and as enduring as any monument Their lines have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and consequences of warThis new anthology provides a definitive record of the achievements of the Great War poets and offers a fresh assessment of the work on the centenary of the Great War s outbreak Focusing on the poets themselves, the book is organized by writer, not theme or chronology It offers generous selections from the celebrated soldier poets, including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Rupert Brooke, whilst also incorporating less well known writing by civilian and women poets It also includes two previously unpublished poems by Ivor GurneyA general introduction charts the history of the war poets reception and challenges prevailing myths about the war poets progress from idealism to bitterness The work of each poet is prefaced with a biographical account that sets the poems in their historical contextAlthough the War has now passed out of living memory, its haunting of our language and culture has not been exorcised Its poetry survives because it continues to speak to and about us 4.5 stars It wasn t just the war that changed poetry forever, it was a generation of poets. Poignant collection about the horror of war.