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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter discusses the changes in war poetry which occurred as the Great War progressed, noting that the conventional authors and poets in 1914 felt compelled to praise the national cause and call men into battle. However, there were some war poets who presented a new and powerful message about the nature of modern warfare, while there were others who followed a more abstract quest. The chapter examines the works of David Jones, Ivor Gurney, and Isaac Rosenberg, and shows that they – unlike other war poets – continued to treat war as material and poetry as a way of thought and expression.

Keywords: Great War, war poetry, conventional authors, national cause, modern warfare, David Jones, Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg

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