The book uses poetry as a window into the social history of World War I. For children of 9-11 years.
This book looks at the curriculum history of World War I, through a series of poems from the time. Each poem covers a different topic such as daily wartime living, life in the trenches and attitudes towards patriotism and religion. The backgrounds to each poem and poet is given, together with an explanation of what each poem is about. Features poems by Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, W.B. Yeats, A.A. Milne, John Freeman, Rupert Brooke, August Stramm, J.C. Squire, Madeline Ida Bedford, Marc de Larreguy de Civrieux and Wilfrid Gibson.
Paul Dowswell has...done an excelllent job in bringing out for more careful scrutiny some gems of poetry. In doing so he's highlighted some of the appalling events of the conflict. - Armadillo, vo. 4, issue 1
Contemporary photographs, a detailed glossary, index and suggestions for further reading make this an important resource for both history and literature studies. - Junior Education