Friday, 12 June 2009
Sharp-eyed readers of this blog may have noticed that under 'My Current Research' a new project has appeared. I have been commissioned by Oxford World's Classics to edit an anthology of Great War poetry from Britain and Ireland. I have two main ambitions for the book: to make a selection which is fresh without neglecting the inescapable poems ('Dulce et Decorum Est' has to be included, like it or not), and to have an editorial apparatus which adds value.
Looking back over my posts on this site, I've noticed how often I comment on anthologies: the two Penguin anthologies, Robert Nichols's self-indulgent selection, Gerald Dawe's Irish War Poetry, Lorrie Goldensohn's American counterpart, and Catherine Reilly's Scars upon my Heart. I'd better make sure that my own anthology doesn't contradict the various arguments I've made in relation to other editors.
I would be grateful for radical or unusual suggestions of poems which ought to be included.