Nancy (And others)
I think, I may have posted this already a
while a go, but I'm not sure:
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.