Calling all poetry fans…

Great War Fiction

James Calhoun has started a promising blog on the Canadian novelist Peregrine Acland, author of the war novel All Else is Folly (1929).

James has emailed  me with an interesting question:

Acland wrote a thirteen stanza poem called “The Reveille of Romance” while on the troopship bound for England in the fall of ’14.  It was subsequently published in several newspapers, government journals, and a small press run chapbook was produced (by his sister, I believe) and passed out to friends.  It’s not very good, but it’s short –full of grand notions and youthful idealism –you know the type.  What I find interesting is Acland revised the poem quite extensively when he was convalescing in hospital in ’17, after his horrific wounds on the Somme.  He added an element of doubt to the poem, a first hand knowledge of battle and what it does to men; though still not…

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