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date: 12 November 2019

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This chapter takes a look at the influence of Great War poetry on the poets of the Second World War. It identifies the poppy as the most distinct icon of World War I, which suggests both remembrance and bloodshed, while the lily was designated as the icon of World War II. The chapter then examines the homoerotic traditions of World War I poetry, soldier poetry, domesticity, and the imagery of crucifixion and sacrifice.

Keywords: Great War poetry, Second World War, homoerotic traditions, soldier poetry, domesticity, crucifixion, sacrifice

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