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Modern English War Poetry$
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Tim Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562022.001.0001

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The Few to Profit: Poets Against War

The Few to Profit: Poets Against War

(p.238) 12 The Few to Profit: Poets Against War
Modern English War Poetry

Tim Kendall (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores anti-war poetry. War sells poetry so effectively that very few, if any, of the new poems represented in anti-war anthologies would under different circumstances have reached a comparable audience. It is no longer quite so newsworthy that poets should speak out against war: the hordes of fierce Strephons and the political uniformity of their response bring about diminishing returns, so that the ‘lofts of sweet celebrity’ are now open only for the briefest of visits. Nevertheless, poets enjoy seizing the moment to skirmish against the famous truism of their irrelevance.

Keywords:   war poetry, anti-war poems, anti-war poets

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