Extraordinary poems written during the Crimean War
What is it about?
Most people writing about Victorian poetry don't mention "Sonnets on the War" by Alexander Smith and Sydney Dobell, but it is an important book because it doesn't cover over the Crimean War's ugly or unpleasant bits.
Why is it important?
People tend to think of war poetry, particularly Victorian war poetry as sentimental and patriotic, and they also think of it as excluding women. This little book challenges all those assumptions and offers an example for how we can respond to war artistically even if we don't necessarily support it.
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