Ian Higgins (essay date 1982)
SOURCE: Higgins, Ian. Introduction to Anthology of Second World War French Poetry, pp. 1-51. London: Methuen, 1982.
[In the following excerpt from the introduction to Anthology of Second World War French Poetry, Higgins provides a critical analysis of French war poetry.]
A remarkable literary feature of the war was the sudden popularity of poetry. Many looked to it, both as readers and as writers, for a crystallization of their suffering and grief. The same was true, though less spectacularly, in Britain. But poetry also had practical advantages for résistants wanting maximum impact in clandestine publications. For...
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