Peace and War: A Collection of Poems

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Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-Clark
Oxford University Press, 1989 - 208 pages
"The war poems of slaughter and loss in this anthology say as much about peace as do the few idyllic pastoral poems. Of the nearly 200 poems, a few are difficult, but most are dramatic and immediate. There's intense booktalk material here, terrifying action told with burning truth." -- Booklist (starred review)
This comprehensive anthology, now in paperback, spans lands and cultures throughout the world from the time of Ancient Greece and Rome to the uneasiness of the present and the uncertainly of the future. Such poets as Aeschuylus, Milton, Blake, Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Rupert Brooke, Carl Sandburg and others reflect the central place that feelings of peace and war occupy in our hearts and minds.
 

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Contents

What can I have Meant by Happiness?
8
Landscape SukjungShin
22
Alun Lewis
36
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont John Milton
44
Cruelty William Blake
57
Drummer Hodge Thomas Hardy
71
Beat Beat Drums Walt Whitman
84
War is Kind Stephen Crane
86
Survivors Alan Ross
116
A Refusal to Mourn Dylan Thomas
122
What is Woman that you Forsake Her?
124
Futility Wilfred Owen
130
15th March 1939 Gerda Mayer
136
The Kimono Don Gordon
143
Concord Hymn Ralph Waldo Emerson
149
Lunchtime Lecture Gillian Clarke
156

Destroyers in the Arctic Alan Ross
92
Achtung Achtung Mary Hacker
98
The word was given Aeschylus
104
After the First Death there is no Other
110
High Wood Philip Johnstone
160
Maybe Summer may yet Come Again
178
Peace Walter de la Mare
191
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Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark have edited a large number of classic poetry anthologies for OUP, including the best-selling One Hundred Years of Poetry for children. Michael Harrison lives in Oxford, and Christopher Stuart-Clark lives in Windsor.

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