War Began in Nineteen Sixty-Three: Poetic Responses to the 50th Anniversary

  • Martin Malone


This chapter examines the notion of more subtle inaugurations of a secondary canon of post-Great War poetry, writ largely as creative cultural reception, as opposed to lived personal experience. Discussion focuses upon a series of key texts produced in the years around the 50th anniversary of the conflict. I examine the early work of Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, and Geoffrey Hill, important writers who produced influential poetic utterances about the First World War from the historical distance of 50 years. A literary rehabilitation of the conflict is generally perceived to have occurred around this period, to the extent that, as I point out, more recent revisionist historians are blaming it for the skewed, literature-dominated perspectives we have on the Great War today.


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  • Martin Malone
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  1. 1.University of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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