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Heroes 100 Poems from the New Generation of War Poets
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A book of modern war poems. It features the poems that are written by the people whose lives have been changed by war. It gathers together the poems from different ranks and various organisations - from the Parachute Regiment to the Special Air Service, from the Gordon Highlanders to the Royal Marines.Who are our Editorial Experts?
Heroes 100 Poems from the New Generation of War Poets by John Jeffcock
In 2010, with the full support of the MOD, John Jeffcock, poet and a former soldier in the Coldstream Guards, invited contributions for a book of modern war poems. He was overwhelmed by the response: contributions came from serving soldiers, veterans and their families - wives, sisters, and daughters (one just 11 years old). The writers have one thing in common: these are people whose lives have been changed by war, and the poems speak to readers with direct, emotional appeal. While over half of the contributions relate to Afghanistan, there are also poems inspired by the Second World War, The Falklands and Northern Ireland. This is also the first time that poems have been gathered from all ranks and all organizations - from the Parachute Regiment to the Special Air Service, from the Gordon Highlanders to the Royal Marines. As the poetry of Brooke, Owen and Sassoon spoke to those who endured the First World War, here are poems that speak of war in our time - the theatres of war might change but the emotional resonance remains the same.