‘“Friend with the musing eye”: persuasion and dissonance in “call to arms” poems of the First World War’

Palmer, A. (2016) ‘“Friend with the musing eye”: persuasion and dissonance in “call to arms” poems of the First World War’. In: Owen, D. and Pividori, C., eds. Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War: That Better Whiles May Follow Worse. First ed. Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi. pp. 138-151 ISBN 9789004314917

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Abstract

The English poetry arising out of the First World War is commonly represented as expressing either the persuasive or the dissonant voice. Some poems, to be sure, were politically-motivated expressions of one or other position, constructed out of versified rhetoric. However, while recognising these works, I argue that the strongest poetry of the war problematises the terms of that debate, offering ambiguity, nuance and contradiction in a mode that is specifically poetic.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR0500 Poetry
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR0057 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR6000 1900-1960
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Andrew Palmer
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 16:46
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 16:46
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17975

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