The poetry that survives from the First World War owes much to previous genres and styles. However its power, cynicism, and realism, has made it one of the most popular and emotive areas of literature. On the one hand there is the poetry classed in the Great Tradition, such as that by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, and of course Rosenberg himself. However, equally impressive is the much neglected poetry written by the Women Poets, and the more popular trench poetry as found in such publications as the Wiper's Times.

The long-reaching effects of the First World War and its ensuing literature can be found in such works as Ted Hughes's 'Six Young Men', Joan Littlewood's Production of the play Oh What a Lovely War (later turned into a highly successful film by Richard Attenborough), Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, and Robert Graves's autobiography which gives a truly vivid account of trench warfare Goodbye to All That.

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Hypermedia Edition Rosenberg's Life World War I Map exit