From: INGELBIEN RAPHAEL
In a recent issue of ELH, somebody proposed an interpretation of 'The
Men' as a Great War poem (the 'we' being soldiers in the trenches).
were some intriguing parallels between the imagery used in the first
sections of the poem and motifs used by War poets, but on the whole I
couldn't help thinking that the reading was a bit far-fetched.
On the other hand WWI was more than a bit far-fetched,
it was an ultimate absurdity or the worst kind.
Wyndham Lewis was one of the official Canadian govt
artists for WWI. He said it was the battlefields
that taught him how to do abstract compositions.