Academic journal article Language Arts

Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics

Academic journal article Language Arts

Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics

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Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics Edited by Chris Duffy First Second, 2014, 144 pp., ISBN 978-1-62672-065-7

This poetry anthology shows the horrible, yet honest side of the Great War-World War I. In a combination of comics, poetry, and history this novel is divided into three sections-The Call to War, In the Trenches, and Aftermath. One poem titled "The Coward" by Rudyard Kipling and adapted by Stephen R. Bissette is brief, "I/could/ not look on/Death,/which/being known,/Men led me/to him,/blindfold/and/alone" (p. 83). The illustration shows soldiers fighting in the distance with one wounded soldier about to fall down a ravine. The poem, in black font, cascades down the page following a barbwire fence to a pond below where soldiers' bodies are scattered around the bank. Isaac Rosenberg's poem "The Immortals," adapted by Peter Kuper, confirms the miserable life the soldiers experienced in the trenches. …

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