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Bomber County

The Poetry of A Lost Pilot's War
Swift, Daniel, 1977- (Book - 2010 )
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A New York Times Book Review contributor analyzes the abundance of poetry inspired by World War II while researching the life and fate of his missing-in-action Royal Air Force pilot grandfather, examining the relationship between the conflict's bombing campaigns and its poetry.

McMillan Palgrave

In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with the 83rd Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared.

Widespread aerial bombardment was to the Second World War what the trenches were to the First: a shocking and new form of warfare, wretched and unexpected, and carried out at a terrible scale of loss. Just as the trenches produced the most remarkable poetry of the First World War, so too did the bombing campaigns foster a haunting set of poems during the Second.

In researching the life of his grandfather, Daniel Swift became engrossed with the connections between air war and poetry. Ostensibly a narrative of the author’s search for his lost grandfather through military and civilian archives and in interviews conducted in the Netherlands, Germany, and England, Bomber County is also an examination of the relationship between the bombing campaigns of World War II and poetry, an investigation into the experience of bombing and being bombed, and a powerful reckoning with the morals and literature of a vanished moment.



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The author analyzes the abundance of poetry inspired by World War II while researching the life and fate of his missing-in-action Royal Air Force pilot grandfather, examining the relationship between the conflict's bombing campaigns and its poetry.

Authors: Swift, Daniel, 1977-
Statement of Responsibility: Daniel Swift
Title: Bomber County
the poetry of a lost pilot's war
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxvi, 268 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Contents: Prologue: A refusal to mourn
Five minutes after the air raid
It was not dying
B is for bombers
England and nowhere
The most beautiful city in the world
The sadness of soldiers
Bomber poets
Epilogue: Icarus
Subject Headings: Literature and society Great Britain History 20th century War poetry, English History and criticism World War, 1939-1945 Great Britain Literature and the war English poetry 20th century History and criticism
Topical Term: Literature and society
War poetry, English
World War, 1939-1945
English poetry
LCCN: 2010023402
ISBN: 0374273316
9780374273316
Branch Call Number: 821.914 S
Research Call Number: JFD 10-3562
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