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Poetry of Witness

The Tradition in English, 1500-2001
(Book - 2014)
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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 ; 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: 505, 700
Additional Contributors: Wu, Duncan
Forché, Carolyn
ISBN: 0393340422
9780393340426
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Carolyn Forché and Duncan Wu
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Military history Poetry Political atrocities Poetry Witnesses Poetry Poetry Translations into English
Topical Term: Military history
Political atrocities
Witnesses
Poetry
LCCN: 2013035019
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