Undertones of War (Twentieth Century Classics)

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The poet Edmund Blunden records his experiences as an infantry subaltern in France and Flanders. Enlisting at the age of 20, in 1916, he took part in the disastrous battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele. He tells of the many evidences of endurance, heroism and despair found among the officers and men of his battalion. This volume, which also contains a selection of his war poems, reveals the close affinity which Blunden felt with the natural world. While he laments the loss of optimism, the betrayal of promise and the futility wrought by the war, Blunden finds hope in the natural landscape.

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An established classic ... accurate and detailed in observation of the war scene and its human figures (D. J. Enright)

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John Greening studied at the Universities of Swansea, Exeter, and Mannheim. After working for Hans Keller at BBC Radio 3, he went to Upper Egypt to teach English with VSO. He has been a school-teacher ever since and lives with his wife in Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire. Since 1982, he has published over a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Hunts: Poems 1979-2009 (Greenwich Exchange, 2009) and To the War Poets (Carcanet, 2013). He received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2008 and has won the Bridport Prize and the TLS Centenary Prize. He is a regular reviewer of poetry for the TLS and a judge for the Eric Gregory Awards. His critical books include Poets of the First World War, Poetry Masterclass, Elizabethan Love Poets and studies of Ted Hughes, Hardy, Yeats, and Edward Thomas. Vapour Trails, a selection of his reviews and essays, will shortly be published.

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