American War Literature 1914 to Vietnam by Jeffrey Walsh (auth.)

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His verse chronicles the after-war years when the lost generation toured Europe following the best exchange rate for the dollar. Probably Cowley's most effective war poem remains the much-revised 'Chateau de Soupir, 1917' which addresses itself to the impact of war upon a Poetic Language: First World War 35 French chateau. ) 'Chateau de Soupir, 1917' is partly concerned with the issue that motivates Alan Seeger in 'Champagne 1914-15', the destruction of high cultural artefacts. In this context the chateau has resonant metaphorical associations, later explored by William Eastlake in his novel Castle Keep (1966).

Paths of Glory (1935), Humphrey Cobb's novel dramatising the French army mutiny, is concerned with military disobedience, a theme earlier treated very differently by E. E. Cummings in The Enormous Room; Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun (1939) depicts in the figure of his womb-like vegetable, Johnny, the ultimate post-war communication crisis, a huge bandage attempting to send messages. he brasshats. Poetic Language: First World War 31 In poetry the reassessment and historical mediation of the First World War involved a kind of metalanguage whereby the poem often self-consciously tests out internally the earlier rhetoric, confirms that such posturing did in fact convey historical distortion, and finally moves beyond analysis towards new vision.

P. 52) Two Modernist War Novels 47 This type of humour, dependent upon slang for its effects, stems from the pleasure felt in any situation when authority is outsmarted. It is the triumph of the little man over the magnitude of comic-evil forces arrayed against him. In the details of his captors, the gallery stretching from the Fencer to the plantons, Cummings's humour works sometimes through irony or periphrasis, but more often by hyperbole and exaggeration. Thus the Fencer takes on a 'renovated look' with a 'rooster-like body', and is compared with Napoleon 'reviewing the armies of France'.

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