By Edmund Blunden
In Undertones of War, one of many best autobiographies to return out of global conflict I, the acclaimed poet Edmund Blunden files his devastating stories in strive against. After enlisting on the age of twenty, he took half within the disastrous battles on the Somme, Ypres, and Passchendaele, describing them as “murder, not just to the troops yet to their making a song faiths and hopes.”
All the horrors of trench battle, all of the absurdity and feeble makes an attempt to make experience of the combating, all of the strangeness of gazing struggle as a writer—of being concurrently soldier and poet—pervade Blunden’s memoir. In steely-eyed prose as richly allusive as any poetry, he tells of the patience and depression came upon one of the males of his battalion, together with the harrowing acts of bravery that gained him the army Cross.
Now again in print for American readers, the quantity features a number of Blunden’s battle poems that unflinchingly juxtapose dying within the trenches with the wonderful thing about Flanders’s fields. Undertones of conflict deserves a spot on anyone’s bookshelf among Siegfried Sassoon’s poetry and Robert Graves’s Goodbye to All That.