Reviews/Comments on Minds at War


Comments/Reviews of
Minds at War
Poetry and Experience of World War One

"Read this compelling book cover to cover as a kind of novel or chronicle or dip into it as an anthology. You'll have the feeling of total immersion in the experience of the First World War." - Rex Andrews in The Friend.

"[With Out in the Dark,] Minds at War . . . puts many other First World War anthologies into the shade." - Gordon Hodgson, in National Association of Teachers of English web review on

"Minds at War is no mere anthology but a comprehensive overview of the poetry and experience of the First World War. It includes the poets and poems one would expect to find plus a number of lesser practitioners and some outright surprises. David Roberts sets the poems and the poets' lives within a contextual commentary which keeps the story of the war moving forward and provides as many useful historic insights as poetic." - Peter Carter,The John Masefield Society Newsletter.

"I value this book: it's not only (uniquely) comprehensive, but enlightened and genuinely innovative in its integration of poetry with context." - Felicity Currie, author of Textwise study guides to English literature*, former assistant chief examiner in A level English Literature, university lecturer.

"Let me say how much I admire Minds at War. I am using it in a freshman  honors  course this semester—dealing with poetry, art & philosophy surrounding WW  -  and my students are devouring it faster than I can assign the readings. This is a great collection, and heartbreakingly relevant to the US wars in Iraq & Afghanistan."  -  Thomas H Crofts, Assistant Professor of English, East Tennessee State University.

"Remarkable 412 page volume of the poetry and experiences of World War I. . . [Includes] hitherto neglected women, such as Vera Brittain, Rose Macaulay and Eleanor Farjeon. . . enhanced by intelligent detailed historical and biographical background material. . . Prose extracts include passages by Churchill, Haig, H G Wells, Arnold Bennett, Shaw, Bertrand Russell, Vera Brittain. Absorbing . . . stimulating . . . Do buy it," - Ronald Mallone, Day by Day.

"I use David Roberts’ excellent anthologies [Minds at War and Out in the Dark] with all my English Literature classes.
The poems and extracts are very well chosen. There are excellent explanatory notes that help all readers to enter the cultural and social world of the Great War. They are especially useful for GCSE. I recommend them highly. 
There are not just poems, but moving and descriptive extracts from contemporary letters and diaries, that will appeal to all students, of all levels and ages, - especially me! I have learned a great deal from these anthologies. I wish they had been around when I was young.
They [Minds at War and Out in the Dark] are really quite the best anthologies of this nature I have ever come across. All my favourites were in both, which does not often happen."
Michael Brett, Head of English and Drama, Homefield School, Surrey.

"Minds at War and Out in the Dark arrived the day after our phone discussion. As I begin to familiarise myself with them I continue to be impressed by the blend of poems famous and others not well-known but illuminating, and the inclusion of citations from politicians, newspapers, etc, that will save hours of classroom explanation."  -  Christopher Armitage
Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of English, Adjunct Professor of Peace, War and Defense, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

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