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    DescriptionStrange Meetings provides a highly original account of the War Poets of 1914-1918, written through a series of actual encounters, or near-encounters, from Siegfried Sassoon's first, blushing meeting with Rupert Brooke over kidneys and bacon at Eddie Marsh's breakfasts before the war, through famous moments like Sassoon's encouragement of Owen when both are in hospital at the same time; on to the poignant meeting between Edward Thomas's widow and Ivor Gurney in 1932; and the last, strange lunch and 'longish talk' of Sassoon and David Jones in 1964, half a century after the great war began. Among the other poets and writers we encounter are Vera Brittain, Roland Leighton, Robert Graves, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Nichols and Edmund Blunden. Ricketts's unusual approach allows him to follow their relationships, marking their responses to each other's work and showing how these affected their own poetry - one potent strand, for example, is the profound influence of Brooke, both as a model to follow and a burden to reject. The stories become intensely personal and vivid - we come to know each of the poets, their family and intellectual backgrounds and their very different personalities. And while the accounts of individual lives achieve the imaginative vividness of a novel, they also give us an entirely fresh sense of Georgian poetry, conveying all the excitement and frustration of poetic creation, and demonstrating how the whole notion of what poetry should be 'about' became fractured and changed for ever by the terrible experiences of the war.


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    Title
    Strange Meetings
    Subtitle
    The Poets of the Great War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harry Ricketts
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 527 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780701172718
    ISBN 10: 0701172711
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    DC22: 821.912093581
    Thema V1.0: DNB
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports.
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    CHATTO & WINDUS
    Publication date
    04 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Harry Ricketts is a poet, writer and critic. After studying English at Oxford he lectured in Hong Kong and Leicester and now teaches literature and creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to his collections of poetry, essays - and brilliant studies of cricket - his critical books include the acclaimed biography The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling.