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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This is an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of both the poet and the war he so miraculously survived, to say nothing of our understanding of the poetry it produced. (N.S. Thompson, Times Literary Supplement)
John Greening's edition will stand as the authoritative one for many years to come. The editorial work in this new edition from Oxford University Press is outstanding ... The whole book, containing photographs and drawings presented within the text, is a delight to hold and compelling to read. (Ian Brinton, WarPoets.org.uk)
Almost certainly the most comprehensive treatment that Undertones has received ... Greening has tackled Undertones and its related texts with great thoroughness, and his book re-establishes beyond doubt the position of Blunden as a major war writer and Undertones of War as a major war book. (Michael Copp, New Canterbury Literary Society News)
An established classic ... accurate and detailed in observation of the war scene and its human figures (D. J. Enright)
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Book Description Penguin Classic, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140182950