`What makes this anthology invaluable is the attention to detail. Not only is there an acutely perceptive general introduction, but all the poets - including the often misunderstood Rupert Brooke - receive a sympathetic and well judge individual introduction, together with a wealth of biographical and bibliographical information.'
Agenda, N. S. Thompson
`Kendall's introductory essay is a thoughtful contribution to the history of the war poetry. With the political point scoring that will dominate the major part of the media and political debate [during] the centenary, Kendall's collection reminds us of the human cost of that conflict, and of any conflict.'
The Use of English, Anil Malhotra
`Kendall's judicious selections, and his concise and useful introductions to each of the chosen poets, suggest that his anthology will become a standard work'
Sean O'Brien, The Times Literary Supplement
`The Oxford University Press anthology The Poetry of the First World War, edited by Tim Kendall, offers a counterweight to this year's public commemorations and it is a superb selection.'
David Collard, Times Literary Supplement
Mail on Sunday
`A superb, unbeatable collection'
Bel Mooney, Daily Mail
`The best poetry collection I read brilliantly edited, with illuminating notes.'
Jerard Bretts, the guardian
`This is a thoroughly well produced anthology of powerful and fascinating poems.'
`This is much the best selection yet made ... Kendall selects brilliantly.'
Peter McDonald, Times Literary Supplement
`As a student-friendly definition of the Great War canon, and as a piece of meticulous scholarship, this one will be hard to beat.'
George Simmers, Great War Fiction
`This is a book worthy of any bookshelf.'
Evil Cyclist's Blog
`This is a wonderful resource, with a useful critical introduction and many poems by both canonical and non-canonical writers that are not commonly included. I particularly like the fact that the volume is structured by author rather than thematically or chronologically, as it takes student readers in particular away from a simplistic perception of First World War poetry as evolving from naive patriotism to disillusionment.'
Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus, Northumbria University