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Strange Meetings: The Lives of the Poets of the Great War Harry Ricketts

Strange Meetings: The Lives of the Poets of the Great War

Harry Ricketts

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ISBN : 9781845951801
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288 pages
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Strange Meetings provides a highly original account of the War Poets of 1914-1918, written through a series of actual encounters, or near-encounters, from Siegfried Sassoons first, blushing meeting with Rupert Brooke over kidneys and bacon at EddieMoreStrange Meetings provides a highly original account of the War Poets of 1914-1918, written through a series of actual encounters, or near-encounters, from Siegfried Sassoons first, blushing meeting with Rupert Brooke over kidneys and bacon at Eddie Marshs breakfasts before the war, through famous moments like Sassoons encouragement of Wilfred Owen when both were in hospital, on to the last, strange lunch and longish talk of Sassoon and David Jones in 1964, half a century after the Great War began.Among the other poets and writers we encounter are Vera Brittain, Roland Leighton, Robert Graves, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Nichols and Edmund Blunden. We follow their relationships, marking their responses to each others work and showing how these affected their own poetry.We come to know each of the poets, their family and intellectual backgrounds and their very different personalities. We get a fresh sense of Georgian poetry, conveying all the excitement and frustration of poetic creation, and demonstrating how the whole notion of what poetry should be about became fractured and changed for ever by the terrible experiences of the war.