INTRODUCING THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND THE POETS
This is the introduction from Out in the Dark. The introduction to Minds at War is nine and a half pages long. You can get to an extract from that by clicking What the War Poets Knew.
and the Poets
One of the greatest tragedies the world has ever experienced was the
First World War. With absolute determination, nations dedicated every ounce
of human talent, energy and resources to the destruction of human life.
Millions were killed; millions were disabled by hideous wounds, mental
breakdown, bereavement. Life was worsened throughout Europe and the effects
The First World War announced the century of war. It was to be a century in which whole nations would suffer and support war and the destructive power developed by scientists would create death, misery and brutalisation, on a new and quite astonishing scale. The human race had moved into the era of scientific savagery.
The poets played their part in this war as promoters of it, onlookers, soldiers and victims. What sets them apart is that the poets were those most gifted to express the experience of those shocking years. And their work includes some of the greatest poems in the English language.
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