Female Poets of World War I
Every citizen of Great Britain and the United States had their role during the First World War. Yet, Women were not allowed to be soldiers in front lines, as they were much needed into duties like nurses, ammunition workers, or as housemakers. Many of these women expressed their feelings about war through literature, especially poetry. However, their voices of WWI were often overlooked in comparison to those of male poets. This study sheds light on three of these female poets with reference to their poems about the First World War. These three poetesses are Jessie Pope, Muriel Stuart, and Katherine Tynan.
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BINYON, L. (1915) “For the Fallen.” The Winnowing Fan: Poems on the Great War, Houghton Mifflin, pp. 28-29.
BRITTAIN, V. (1981). “Perhaps.” Scars Upon My Heart, edited by Catherine Reilly, Virago, pp. 14-15.
BUCK, C. (2010). “First World War English Elegy and the Disavowal of Women’s Sentimental Poetics.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, vol. 53, no.4, pp. 431-450, muse.jhu.edu/article/387768.
COLLINS, M.G. (1981). “Women at Munition Making.” Scars Upon My Heart, edited by Catherine Reilly, Virago Press, p. 24.
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HAVE YOU ANY WOMEN-FOLK WORTH DEFENDING? REMEMBER THE WOMEN OF BELGIUM. JOIN TO-DAY. (1915). Printed by Hely’s Limited Lithography, Dublin, Imperial War Museum, Catalog no. Art.IWM PST 13625, www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/31624.
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POPE, J. (1916). Who’s for the Game? Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times. Arthur Pearson, np.
STUART, M. (1981). “Forgotten Dead, I Salute You.” Scars Upon My Heart, edited by Catherine Reilly, Virago, 1981, pp. 104-105.
TYNAN, K. (1914). Joining the Colours. Westminster Gazette.