Vandiver, Elizabeth.

Stand in the Trench, Achilles : Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. - 1 online resource (476 p.) - eBooks on Demand Classical Presences . - Classical Presences .

Cover; Contents; Introduction; PART I: EDUCATION, CLASS, AND CLASSICS; PART II: REPRESENTING WAR; PART III: DEATH AND REMEMBRANCE; Conclusion; References; General Index; Index Locorum

Elizabeth Vandiver examines the ways in which British poets of the First World War used classical literature, culture, and history as a source of images, ideas, and even phrases for their own poetry. Vandiver argues that classics was a crucial source for writers from a wide variety of backgrounds, from working-class poets to those educated in public schools, and for a wide variety of political positions and viewpoints. Poets used references to classics both to support and to opposethe war from its beginning all the way to the Armistice and after. By exploring the importance of classics in the poetry of the First World War, Vandiver offers a new perspective on that poetry and on the history of classics in British culture.

9780191572807 469.80 (NL)


Civilization, Classical -- Influence.
Classical literature -- Influence.
English poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Reader-response criticism.
War poetry, English -- History and criticism.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Poetry -- History and criticism.


Electronic books.

PR605.W65 V36 2010

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