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This anthology brings together 120 poems about World War II by sixty-two American poets, chosen, as editor Harvey Shapiro writes in his introduction, “with a purpose: to demonstrate that the American poets of this war produced a body of work that has not yet been recognized for its clean and powerful eloquence.” The poets are generally unsentimental, ironic, and often astonished by what they have experienced, and their insights still have the power to shake up our perceptions of that war and of war in general.
 
Most of the poets included in the volume served in the armed forces; some—Louis Simpson, Anthony Hecht, Kenneth Koch—saw combat in the infantry, while others—James Dickey, Howard Nemerov, Richard Hugo, John Ciardi—fought in the air. Also included: poets who experienced the war as civilians, including Robinson Jeffers, Marianne Moore, and Conrad Aiken; poems by conscientious objectors and draft resisters, including William Stafford and Robert Lowell; and an elegy by James Tate for his father, who was killed in action when Tate was an infant.

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*Starred Review* As Editor Shapiro points out, whereas several World War I poems were well known to those who served in World War II, the only well-known poem of the second war is Randall Jarrell''s tiny chiller "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner." Perhaps that is because, Shapiro observes, the poems he presents are sharply different from the most famous World War I poems. The latter are by upper-class Englishmen who served as officers, and whose class solidarity shows in sweet patriotism and sweeter camaraderie, which endured after patriotism was soured by disillusionment. Shapiro''s selections are by Americans who served as enlistees, older civilians jaundiced by the first war, and conscientious objectors. There is virtually no patriotism in them, and certainly no class feeling. They are the work of individuals wrenched out of normality and compelled to depend for their lives on others who in turn depend on them for theirs, but who don''t feel compelled to like one another or to sacrifice themselves for their fellows. This state of consciousness is nowhere more forcefully expressed than in the harrowing long poem "World War II," about the crash of the bomber that Edward Field navigated into the North Sea. Many other fine poems come out of the war in the air, including Shapiro''s own, though some of the sharpest, especially Louis Simpson''s alarming rhymed quatrains and the excerpt from Peter Bowman''s verse novel, Beach Red (1945), are infantrymen''s work. Ray Olson
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Harvey Shapiro, editor, flew thirty-five missions as an Air Force radio gunner during World War II and was decorated for his service. He has edited both The New York Times Book Review and The New York Times Magazine, and his many books of poetry include National Cold Storage Company (1988) and How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems (2001).

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Janette V. Field
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Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017
Heart warming ,realistic songs of heroes.
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Poets of World War II (American Poets Project)
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2010
Out of the murderous, dehumanizing hell of the war were born powerful, often graceful and miraculous works of art full of passion, pain, loneliness, and ultimately proof that each poet survived with a sense of dignity and integrity. Poets served on the ground, in the air... See more
Out of the murderous, dehumanizing hell of the war were born powerful, often graceful and miraculous works of art full of passion, pain, loneliness, and ultimately proof that each poet survived with a sense of dignity and integrity. Poets served on the ground, in the air over Europe and Japan, and in ships on every ocean. And in providing a strong, coherent, pacifist yet patriotic perspective on the home front in that "Good War", poets such as John Berryman contribute their works as well.
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Tad Richards
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Still a connection
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2006
I am using this collection in my American Lit survey class to cover WWII, and it''s tremendously effective. I''m having my students choose a poem and read it and discuss it in class, and I believe they are finding the experience very moving. To them as well as to me, WWII is... See more
I am using this collection in my American Lit survey class to cover WWII, and it''s tremendously effective. I''m having my students choose a poem and read it and discuss it in class, and I believe they are finding the experience very moving. To them as well as to me, WWII is history, the past, but close enough to seem real.
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A book about the war poets of World War II
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2013
I wrote a paper on the poets of World War II when I was in college and wanted a book to call my own.
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Indispensable collection
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2013
Here editor Harvey Shapiro assembles the most remarkable poetry by a host of WWII-era poets. Louis Simpson''s "Carentan O Carentan" and all of Anthony Hecht''s poetry are not to be missed.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2017
Bought it for a class. It was helpful and the poems are touching.
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WONDERFUL ADDITION TO A WONDERFUL SERIES
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2009
This little volume is one of twenty seven volumes published so far by the Library of America and aptly named The American Poets Project. These publications are attempting to collect, present and a collection of the most significant American poetry of the many distinguished... See more
This little volume is one of twenty seven volumes published so far by the Library of America and aptly named The American Poets Project. These publications are attempting to collect, present and a collection of the most significant American poetry of the many distinguished poets of our country, and so far they have done a wonderful job with this endeavor. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorite.

Poets of World War II has gleaned through and gathered the works of 62 American poets and presented us with 120 poems; the centrally theme being World War II. The mix and representation in this work is good. While the vast majority of the poems featured here are from poets who actually experienced combat, there is also a good representation from those who did not which include those who chose not to serve, some who had loved ones that did and everything in between. While volumes upon volumes of poetry inspired by World War I are available, World War II has been by comparison, overlooked to a great extent. The reader of this collection will be struck instantly by the change in attitude, ambiance and general outlook of this generation compared to the Previous. War is war and it is an ugly thing in everyway. Poems of the writers here reflect a much more pragmatic outlook, a harsher and less romantic view than many of the poems of previous wars. Many of these works have sharp twists of irony interwoven in their lines; a bitterness, yet in many cases, a bitterness mixed with pride and always, an amazement.

The poets here are some of the best of their generation and era. Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Conrad Aiken, Vladimir Nabokov, Eve Triem, Lincoln Kirsten, Woody Guthrie, John Frederick Nims, Howard Nemerov and Alfred Hayes are but a partial list of poets whose names appear. The works here represent many attitudes and observations. From the cutting irony of Lincoln Kristein''s "Rank," and "Snatch," to the sheer terror of John Frederick Nims "Shot Down at Night.'''' to William Bronk''s "Soldiers in Death," the full gambit of war time experiences are exposed. We have the horror well represented of course, the death, pain, mass destruction along with the mind numbing fear, but also examined in a rather brutal but whimsical way, the visit to a house of prostitution by soldiers just off the front line.

The poetry of war is not to the taste of all, but the subject matter here which is war, brings out the full array of human emotion (or in some cases the lack of), and digs deep into the very soul of those who where involved; those who were witnesses.

There will be very little argument over the quality of the writing here no matter what the style used in each separate poem. These writers are the best of the best and most have or had cut their literary teeth in other genre. I cannot say that this is a pleasant read; a fun read, but it is certainly a worthwhile read and as we seem to be stuck in a perpetual cycle of war, it is quite likely an important read. No one can understand the un-understandable, but these little works go far in that direction

This is a wonderful addition to this series and well worth the time to read and ponder. I highly recommend this work and indeed, this entire series.

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Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2004
This anthology is one in a series published by the American Poets Project, an effort intended to produce a first-time "compact national library of poets" (back cover). The volume under review here consists of 120 poems by 62 poets, where 42 are veterans, the others... See more
This anthology is one in a series published by the American Poets Project, an effort intended to produce a first-time "compact national library of poets" (back cover). The volume under review here consists of 120 poems by 62 poets, where 42 are veterans, the others non-veterans, thus making it similar in concept to kindred anthologies such as Jan Barry''s ''Peace is Our Profession: Poems and Passages of War Protest'' (1981). As such, it includes works by conscientious objectors and other war-resisters such as Robinson Jeffers and William Stafford. All the contributors are a credible collection of Objectivists, Imagists, "followers of the formal school of Southern verse and dense rhetoric..." (xxxii). The editor is Harvey Shapiro, an Ivy League-educated poet, and veteran of thirty-five combat missions as a B-17 tail gunner. He sets a solemn tone for the volume, stating that although the Allies were victorious, "the sight of dead bodies is scattered among these poems the way bodies were washed up on the shores of invasion beaches..." (xix). Moreover, his purpose for this anthology is "to demonstrate that the American poets of this war produced a body of work that has not yet been recognized for its clean and powerful eloquence" (xx).

Shapiro gathers some of the best poetry of the war. Included are those infrequently published but no less majestically poignant air war poems by John Ciardi, James Dickey, Richard Eberhart, Richard Hugo (though his opus magnum, ''Mission to Linz'', does not appear here), Randall Jarrell, and Howard Nemerov. Some of the best poems of ground combat are by Louis Simpson, George Oppen, and Anthony Hecht. Several poems are quite moving, such as James Tate''s ''The Lost Pilot'' (218-220), written for his father who was killed in action when Tate was five months old, and Peter Viereck''s ''Vale from Carthage'' (110-111), which Viereck wrote on the occasion of his brother''s death in the European theater. There are sublime elegies like Vladimir Nabokov''s "When he was small, when he would fall" (20), and Richard Eberhart''s ''A Ceremony by the Sea'' (31-34). Many poets achieve a powerful austerity through just a few lines, such as Samuel Menashe does in his 18-syllable, 5-line poem, ''Beachhead'' (214). Yet, the poems here are not solely about combat and its affects, for they also inform the wider ontology of war, verse that emerges into the foreground of military victory to ask the unanswered questions of race and class. Compelling examples are Witter Bynner''s ''Defeat'', and Gwendolyn Brook''s ''Negro Hero'' (1, 115).

For enthusiasts of poetry and studies of how war relates to literature and the arts, Shapiro''s book proves an exemplary and diverse collection, and a perfect companion to Leon Stokesbury''s ''Articles of War: A Collection of American Poetry About World War II'' (1990). It includes an Introduction by Shapiro, and a very helpful biographical notes section. There has always been a debate over how poetry can close the aesthetic space between the poetry reader''s expectations and the poet''s ability to meet them. This work accomplishes that closure quite effectively despite the decades that have passed since the end of the Second World War.
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