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Preludes 1921-1922   By: (1882-1937)

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In Preludes 1921-1922, John Drinkwater masterfully captures the essence of an era through his poignant poetry. Published in 1922, this collection of verses delves deep into the heart of the post-World War I landscape, offering readers a glimpse into the profound emotions and reflections that defined the early 1920s.

Drinkwater's poetic craftsmanship is undeniably commendable. His use of vivid imagery allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in the scenes he paints, effortlessly transporting us to a time of longing and transition. From the desolate battlefields to the bustling city streets, each poem breathes life into the narrative of a generation grappling with the aftermath of war.

One of the most striking aspects of Preludes 1921-1922 is Drinkwater's ability to capture the spectrum of human emotions. Whether it is the joys of newfound love or the pains of loss and grief, his verses evoke a profound sense of empathy. Through his meticulous choice of words, the poet tackles profound themes like hope, nostalgia, and resilience, all while intertwining personal experiences with the broader cultural landscape of the time.

The collection's structure also adds depth and cohesion to the book. Divided into three distinct sections, Drinkwater's Preludes guides the reader through a poetic journey that mirrors the emotional and societal evolution of the post-war era. From the initial shock and mourning in the aftermath of the war to the gradual rebuilding and eventual embracing of a newfound hope, the progression of the poems beautifully mirrors the collective sentiment of a nation.

Moreover, Drinkwater's skillful command of various poetic techniques furthers the beauty of Preludes 1921-1922. It is evident that every word has been carefully chosen, and each poem is a testament to the meticulousness with which he crafts his verses. The use of metaphors, alliterations, and enjambments adds layers of richness to the collection, making it a delight for admirers of both classic and contemporary poetry.

While Preludes 1921-1922 is undoubtedly a remarkable collection, it is worth noting that the poems may require a certain level of historical knowledge to fully appreciate their context. While it immerses the reader in the post-war period, unfamiliar readers might find it helpful to supplement their reading with some background on the events and sentiments of the time.

In conclusion, Preludes 1921-1922 is a magnificent poetry collection that seamlessly blends heart-wrenching emotions, vivid descriptions, and historical context. John Drinkwater's ability to capture the essence of an era through his verses is truly commendable. Whether you are a lover of poetry or an enthusiast of historical literature, this collection is sure to be a captivating read.

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Juliet Sutherland, Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.

Preludes 1921 1922

By John Drinkwater

All thoughts, all passions, all delights, Whatever stirs this mortal frame, All are but ministers of love, And feed his sacred flame.





NOTE. This book is really one poem, and is a development of my sonnet sequence, Persuasion.


Though black the night, I know upon the sky, A little paler now, if clouds were none, The stars would be. Husht now the thickets lie, And now the birds are moving one by one, A note and now from bush to bush it goes A prelude now victorious light along The west will come till every bramble glows With wash of sunlit dew shaken in song. Shaken in song; O heart, be ready now, Cold in your night, be ready now to sing. Dawn as it wakes the sleeping bird on bough Shall summon you to instant reckoning, She is your dawn, O heart, sing, till the night Of death shall come, the gospel of her light.


And Jonathan too had honour in his heart, Jonathan who with an armour bearer went Alone by Michmash to the Philistines, And met a spray of swords because of courage That made him single greater than a host... Continue reading book >>

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