Earth Voices Whispering

Earth Voices Whispering


An Anthology of Irish War Poetry 1914–45

By Gerald Dawe

From the upheaval of the 1916 Rising to the Spanish Civil War, to the horrors of WW2, Earth Voices Whispering gathers together a wide range of voices that charts the human experience of war. Featuring AE, W.B Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and many more.

Number of Pages: 416
Published: 28 February 2009 by Blackstaff Press

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In the first half of the 20th century, the men and women of Ireland experienced the brutal realities of a succession of wars – from the unrelenting casualties of WW1, to the domestic upheavals of the 1916 Rising and the Irish Civil War; from the romantic idealism of the Spanish Civil War, to the unimaginable horrors of WW2.

Earth Voices Whispering gathers together, for the very first time, a wide range of poetic voices that chart the human experiences of these wars, compiled and edited by Belfast-born poet and senior lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, Gerald Dawe. Featuring over three hundred poems by celebrated poets such as C.S Lewis, AE, W.B. Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney, and including new poems by Derek Mahon and Eilean Ní Chuilleanain, the anthology records the thoughts and experiences of poets as soldiers, patriots, observers, protestors, medics and mourners.

From patriotism to anger, passion to compassion, hope to regret, this groundbreaking new anthology embraces the complex reality of a rich, unique and historically overlooked period in Irish poetry.

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