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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter discusses the ideological construction of ‘Spain’, W.H. Auden's pamphlet-poem that was released in 1937, studying the coming together of individual commitment and collective action, which can be found at the ideological centre of Civil War poetry, and the contradictions between reality and illusion. It then looks at the struggles to overcome the fear of personal death and to keep on believing and justifying the cause, and also studies Stephen Spender's early Civil War poems and the idea of the vulnerability of the subject.

Keywords: ideological construction, Spain, pamphlet-poem, individual commitment, collective action, Civil War poetry, personal death, Stephen Spender, vulnerability

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