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Scars Upon My Heart: Women's Poetry and Verse of the First World War

by Catherine W. Reilly

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Poetry written by women during WW1 full of mourning and grief. It fills a gap - for many of us read male WW1 poetry at school like Sassoon and Owen & Rupert Brook with his young heroism., but none by women. There's been a great invisibility of women's poetry on the Great War and it's been said it stems from the "white feather" syndrome. Perhaps it's the same which generates a general lack of interest in women's wartime experience, including the endlessly repeated tragic one of bereavement.

There are 79 women represented. Not all unknown. ie Nancy Cunard, Edith Sitwell, Eva Dobell, Amy Lowell, Marie Stopes, Margaret Sackville.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0860682269, Paperback)

Your battle wounds are scars upon my heart' wrote Vera Brittain in a poem to her beloved brother, four days before he died in June 1918. The rediscovery of TESTAMENT OF YOUTH has reminded a new generation of the bitter sufferings of women as well as men in the terrible madness of the First World War. This, the first anthology of women war poets for over sixty years, will come as a surprise to many. It shows, for example, that women were writing protest poetry before Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and that the view of 'the women at home', ignorant and idealistic, was quite false. Many of these poems come out of direct experiences of nursing the victims of trench warfare, or the pain of lovers, brothers, sons lost. Poets include: Nancy Cunard, Rose Macaulay, Charlotte Mew, Alice Meynell, Edith Nesbit, Edith Sitwell, Marie Stopes, Katharine Tynan. Here, as elsewhere, 'the poetry is in the pity' - a moving record of women's experience of war.

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This anthology of women war poets shows that women were writing protest poetry before Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Many of the poems come out of direct experiences of nursing the victims of trench warfare, or the pain of lovers, brothers, sons, lost. Originally published: 1981.… (more)

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