Dr. Catherine Elick
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Poets, Great War, World War I, poetic pacifists, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves
English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles | Poetry
Despite their different backgrounds and attitudes towards war, these five poets, even including Brooke, are united most importantly in their attempts at expressing the significance of the war through poetry. They all participated in the transformation of poetic traditions in an attempt to express the inexpressible circumstances of trench warfare. Though they all did this in different ways, some more traditional than others, they each helped contribute to the creation of modern poetry as they abandoned elements of poetic traditions for new forms and material better able to express the horrors, images, and emotions of the Great War.
Mitchell, Alisha M., "Poets of the Great War: A Study of the Work of Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg and Robert Graves" (2009). Honors Projects. 126.