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Poetry of Witness

The Tradition in English, 1500-2001
(Book - 2014)
Poetry of Witness
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A groundbreaking anthology containing the work of poets who have witnessed war, imprisonment, torture, and slavery. A companion volume to Against Forgetting, Poetry of Witness is the first anthology to reveal a tradition that runs through English-language poetry. The 300 poems collected here were composed at an extreme of human endurance--while their authors awaited execution, endured imprisonment, fought on the battlefield, or labored on the brink of breakdown or death. All bear witness to historical events and the irresistibility of their impact. Alongside Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth, this volume includes such writers as Anne Askew, tortured and executed for her religious beliefs during the reign of Henry VIII; Phillis Wheatley, abducted by slave traders; Samuel Bamford, present at the Peterloo Massacre in 1819; William Blake, who witnessed the Gordon Riots of 1780; and Samuel Menashe, survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. Poetry of Witness argues that such poets are a perennial feature of human history, and it presents the best of that tradition, proving that their work ranks alongside the greatest in the language.
Title: Poetry of witness
the tradition in English, 1500-2001
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: xx, 641 pages : portrait ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: I. The age of tyranny
II. The Civil War
III. The age of uncertainty
IV. Revolutionary upheaval
V. Civil War and civil liberties
VI. The age of World War
Summary: A groundbreaking anthology containing the work of poets who have witnessed war, imprisonment, torture, and slavery. A companion volume to Against Forgetting, Poetry of Witness is the first anthology to reveal a tradition that runs through English-language poetry. The 300 poems collected here were composed at an extreme of human endurance--while their authors awaited execution, endured imprisonment, fought on the battlefield, or labored on the brink of breakdown or death. All bear witness to historical events and the irresistibility of their impact. Alongside Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth, this volume includes such writers as Anne Askew, tortured and executed for her religious beliefs during the reign of Henry VIII; Phillis Wheatley, abducted by slave traders; Samuel Bamford, present at the Peterloo Massacre in 1819; William Blake, who witnessed the Gordon Riots of 1780; and Samuel Menashe, survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. Poetry of Witness argues that such poets are a perennial feature of human history, and it presents the best of that tradition, proving that their work ranks alongside the greatest in the language.
Local Note: Master record variable field(s) change: 300
Additional Contributors: Forché, Carolyn
Wu, Duncan
ISBN: 9780393340426
0393340422
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Carolyn Forché and Duncan Wu
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Poetry Translations into English Witnesses Poetry Political atrocities Poetry Military history Poetry English poetry. fast (OCoLC)fst00912278 Military history. fast (OCoLC)fst01021222 Political atrocities. fast (OCoLC)fst01069207 Witnesses. fast (OCoLC)fst01176383
Genre/Form: Poetry.-(OCoLC)fst01423828
Topical Term: Poetry
Witnesses
Political atrocities
Military history
English poetry
Military history
Political atrocities
Witnesses
LCCN: 2013035019
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