Savvy Verse & Wit recently read and reviewed The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Second edition) edited by Jon Silkin and David McDuff for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012, and she guest reviewed it at Historical Tapestry. Here’s an excerpt:
Each poet in the collection bring their own perspective to war, but there seems to be a pervading reverence to the fight these soldiers’ waged and all that they sacrificed. There were certain translated poems in the book that didn’t resonate as well as some others, including Benjamin Peret’s “Little Song of the Maimed,” but it was good to revisit an old WWI poet, Osip Mandelstam.
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