Rhyming with Death: Poets at War
by dekesolomon on October 18, 2009A jolt of gallows humor, the old marching song says: "O the bells in Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling!" Then the song asks: "O Death! Where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling?" Paul Fussell tells where and how so many millions heard the bells and felt the sting. 'The Great War and Modern Memory' is a literary biography of World War I, as soldier-poet Tommy Atkins knew and fought it. 'Old Contemptibles,' my dying arse!
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