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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter challenges the conventional view of poetry and patriotism, considering the assumptions that limit one's understanding of both the politics and poetry of the Second World War. It describes ‘war poetry’ as an inherently historicizing term, which assumes a relationship between the poetic response to, and the historical events of, a certain period of war. The chapter reveals that the poems and events are assembled by literary critics and historians into connected literary and historical narratives of war.

Keywords: patriotism, conventional view, war poetry, poetic response, historical events, literary narratives, historical narratives

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