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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter examines poetry that is written by non-combatants, or those who were too young to be directly involved in World War II, first addressing the issue of war memory and discussing some poets and poems, including Geoffrey Hill's ‘September Song’. It then considers James Fenton's poetry, including ‘A German Requiem’, which is viewed as one of the finest, and most disturbing, English-language poems to have addressed the civilian response to war.

Keywords: war memory, non-combatants, Geoffrey Hill, James Fenton, September Song, German Requiem, civilian response

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