Dear Frank,

Thanks for this very helpful information.  If anyone has other
sources on this topic, I would love to know of them.

On 17 Sep 2002, at 23:45, frank kretschmer
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Nancy (And others)

I think, I may have posted this already  a while a go, but I'm not

Of course Fussell is the classic on the Topic. What I found a very
good read in addition to Fussell is an article in the Journal of
Modern History By Ted Bogacz, "A Tyranny of Words" Language,
Poetry and Antimodernism in England in the First World War."
(JoMH 58 (Sept. 86): 643ff.

On Eliot, Bogdacz mentions that "Symbolically, the young T.S.
Eliot contributed to The Nation's effort to get at the truth about the
war. In the June 23, 1917 issue appeared the following brief

The note by TSE accompanied a letter sent to TSE from a young
front officer, which Eliot wanted to get published by the Nation

Getting at the truth of war is an attitude that is very much in line
with writers like Owen ("True poets must be truthful"). To my
understanding the big difference is that Eliot did not regard this
search  for the "truth" of war, understood a more or less realistic
depiction of it, as a basis for poetry.