Perhaps no periods in history has given us more tragic poetry than the two World
Wars. Michael Foss has collected perhaps the best selections of this period that I have read.
The works in this anthology, indeed, records the “depths of inhumanity and cruely” of
these great tragedies. Foss has divided his book into three parts: World War I, the Years
Between, and World War II. In the first, such poems by Rupert Brooke. Wilfred Owen,
and Sigfried Sassoon are the highlights, but there are plenty of others that are poignantly
stated. In the second section, noteable works by Herbert Reed (“To a Conscript of 1940”)
and Ted Hughes (“Six Young Men”) are outstanding. In the third section, Dylan Thomas
and Randall Jarrell stand out. An impressive collection.
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs