Old Glory: American War Poems from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism

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For the first time, in one volume, the rich canon of American war poems, from "Yankee Doodle" to Robert Creeley's "Ground Zero." This unique, comprehensive anthology gathers together more than two hundred poems about the American experience of warnarratives, meditations, elegies, lamentations, odes, tributes, and battle hymnsmany of them classics. Written by soldier-poets as well as poets on the home front, they are deeply personal, reflecting love of country, sacrifice, tragedy, glory, and sometimes disillusionment or dissent. Arranged chronologically, virtually every conflict is included: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Indian War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, September 11, and the present war in Iraq. Among the 140 poets are Longfellow, Wheatley, Dunbar, Bryant, Emerson, Thoreau, Crane, Dickinson, Melville, Whitman, Whittier, Masters, Bogan, Lindsay, Cummings, Eliot, Frost, Lowell, Pound, Sandburg, Bishop, Hughes, Levertov, Stevens, Williams, Bly, Creeley, Ginsberg, Harper, Paley, Rich, Warren, Komunyakaa, Weigl, and Collins. A major historical, cultural, and literary volume, Old Glory speaks from the depth of time as well as from the immediacy of our own moment.

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Robert Hedin is an award-winning poet, translator, and editor of seventeen volumes of poetry and prose, including The Old Liberators: New and Selected Poems and Translations. He is the Executive Director of the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota.

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A moving and proud book....truly one of the best anthologies I have come across in many years. -- Ray Gonzalez, Bloomsbury Review, September 2004

Hedin has taken on a mighty task...No other collection is as thorough as this; highly recommended. -- Library Journal, Louis McKee

It is hard to imagine a more appropriate, compelling anthology....Teachers and students should find many works for reflection and discussion. -- Anthony Pucci, Kliatt

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