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[Backgrounds, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Backgrounds" by Grace Mary Golden, held by UNT Special Collections. The pale grey paper book contains the title and author at the top, the publishing info at the bottom. Most of the page is covered by an illustration of a woman watching a soldier rowing at sea with a dog next to her. All the wording and illustrations are in black.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[U.S. Army Brodie helmet, World War I]

Description: Photographs of U.S. Army Brodie helmet from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. The helmet is a brown rusted color with a circular shape an a visor all around. Image 2, side view of the brown rusted helmet. Image 3, inside view of the helmet, showing that the inside is lined in black material with a faded brown strap across the inside.
Date: December 1, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Naked Warriors, cover]

Description: Photograph of "Naked Warriors" by Herbert Read, held by UNT Special Collections. In 1917, poet and literary critic Herbert Read co-founded the avant-garde quarterly journal Arts and Letters, which in 1919 published Read’s book Naked Warriors. (The volume’s first section “Kneeshaw Goes to War” originally appeared in Arts and Letters, as noted in the contents.) This sixty-page volume of poetry and prose explores the arc of the British soldier’s combat experience in World War I. Read, who served in the war and was awarded both the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross, includes an epigraph before each section, visually separating sections that are joined by a thematic progression rather than common characters. Before the contents page, readers encounter a six-line poem entitled “Parody of a Forgotten Beauty” and a one-paragraph preface in which Read encourages his generation to “strive to create a beauty where hitherto it has had no absolute existence” (5). This desire is reflected in the cover illustration, thought to be the work of artist Wyndham Lewis. The central figure employs Vorticism, an early twentieth-century British art movement using a form of urban cubism to express the dynamism of the modern world. The book is bound in textured, tan paper boards printed in striking red, featuring the title, Vorticist illustration, author, and price (“three shillings net”) on the front cover, and information on the journal Arts and Letters on the back cover. The front leaf of this copy is inscribed “T. A. Lamb, from W. R. Childe. 8.4.1919” under the title. Considering the place of publication and publisher, we can speculate that this copy was given to T. A. Lamb, author of T.N.T. Tales (Oxford, 1919)—a collection of anecdotes describing the work of munitionettes at the Barnbow shell-filling factory near Leeds—by Wilfred Rowland Childe, editor of Oxford ...
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Rhymes of a Red Cross Man, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Rhymes of a Red Cross Man" by Robert W. Service, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is olive green the title and author within a decorative frame, all in gold lettering and lines.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Flying Parliament]

Description: Photographs of "The Flying Parliament" by Edwina S. Babcock, held by UNT Special Collections. The book is open to a dedication page, which is a note written in pen handwriting. The name Donald Thomas 1973 is at the top. On the top left side is the word "Poetry" written in pencil. The cover is red with an intricate gold design over most of the page, the title is in the middle of the cover in gold.
Date: October 12, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[German sword and scabbard, World War I]

Description: Photographs of a German sword and scabbard from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. The first image is of the word in its scabbard, which is a dark rusted metal. The handle has lined indents with a handle on it. Image 2, closeup of swords handle.
Date: December 1, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Red Cross knitting needles and packaging, World War I]

Description: Photographs of Red Cross knitting needles and packaging from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. The first image is of a small brown envelope propped up longways, with 3 needles laying in front of it. The front of the package has an illustration of a soldier in uniform with other soldiers behind him. On the black part of the illustration are the words "Back Them Up" and "Puritan Flour," under it a description. Image 2, front of needle packaging containing the soldier illustration with the packaging information. Image 3, back of brown packaging with a poem about knitting. Image 4, Inside of needle packaging filled with text, with two sections: Don'ts for the Knitters of Socks, New Red Cross Directions for Sock. Two needles lay in front of it. Image 5, inside of needle packaging extended out, the two section are filled with text. The first section of "Don'ts" has seven points. Image 6, outside of needle packaging extending out two three panels, where the poem and front are seen. The bottom panel has two sections of text: Mitt and Wristlet.
Date: December 1, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Over Here: War Time Rhymes, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Over Here: War Time Rhymes" by Edgar A. Guest, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is dark blue with the first part of the title in dark blue inside of a gold banner, the rest of the title and author stamped in gold under it.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Victory Liberty Loan medallion, World War I]

Description: Photographs of a Victory Liberty Loan medallion, held by UNT Special Collections. The back of the coin reads: "Made from captured German cannon. Awarded by the U.S. Treasury Department for patriotic service in [sic] behalf of the Liberty Loans." Image 2, front of this medallion that shows the U.S. Treasury building and a bald eagle below it.
Date: December 1, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Swords and Ploughshares]

Description: Photographs of "Swords and Ploughshares" John Drinkwater, held by UNT Special Collections. The first image shows the title page, with the page to the left of it containing a small list of books by the same author. Image 2, poem on page 48 titled "On the Picture of a Private Soldier Who Had Gained a Victoria Cross", the page next to it contains a poem titled "One Speaks In Germany. In “On the Picture of a Private Soldier Who Had Gained a Victoria Cross,” the author calls upon the theme of photography to apply pressure to its revelatory and documentary status. Photographs are not only signs. They are also indexes—that is, they are created by the conditions they record. This adds authority to their status as objective or unmediated by interpretive bias, but such objectivity is an illusion. The alignment of the documentary photo with objectivity forgets the deceptive nature of physical surfaces, how they might exclude or even repress the deeper conflicts of inner life expressed in a poem. In Drinkwater’s poem, the deceptive nature of physical appearance dialogues with the deceptive nature of accolades for valor and the sense of liberation from horrors of the past. Drinkwater thus registers an insight fundamental to new waves of psychoanalytic theory—that is, the burial of trauma constitutes a form of preservation, of intensification even, as opposed to conquest and erasure.
Date: November 3, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[October and Other Poems]

Description: Photographs of "October and Other Poems" by Robert Bridges, held by UNT Special Collections. The book has an old white cover, framed by a black line and the title printed at the top in black. Image 2, "The West Front" and "To the United States of America." Page 32 contains the title of the first one at the top, and page 33 has the other one at the top followed by the date April 1917.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Forgotten Places]

Description: Photographs of "Forgotten Places" by Ian Mackenzie, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover of the book is grey, with the spine exposing some green paper. The front of the cover is framed by a black line, with the author and title at the top in black and the publishing information at the bottom. Image 2, "Peace" and "Desire," poems one pages 60 and 61. Image 3, frontispiece and title page. The frontispiece has a photo of a young man, with the name "Ian Mackenzie" signed under it.
Date: September 16, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Fifes and Drums: Poems of America at War, The Vigilantes]

Description: Photographs of "Fifes and Drums: Poems of America at War," held by UNT Special Collections. The brown book cover has the title in dark blue in the top right corner in a white label, framed by a dark blue line. Image 2, title page. On the left page is a list of The Vigilante books inside a box, and on the right page is the title page with a small upside down triangle with the letter D in it.
Date: October 12, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Flower of Youth: Poems in War Time]

Description: Photographs of "Flower of Youth: Poems in War Time" by Katharine Tynan, held by UNT Special Collections. Image 1, the spine of the dark blue book with the title on a white label on the spine. Image 2, with the page to the left of it containing a box with the title of books also by Tynan.
Date: October 14, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Red Flower: Poems Written in War Time, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "The Red Flower: Poems Written in War Time" by Henry Van Dyke, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is white with a dark blue spine, the top of the front contains the title at the top and author at the bottom in dark blue print. In the middle of it is an orange/red flower design.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon" by Siegfried Sassoon, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is red with the title on a white lbel at the top in black print. The poet Siegfried Sassoon, recipient of the Military Cross for acts of heroism, became famous not only for his angry and candid war poems, but also for his open letter of protest to the War Department after being wounded in action. “I believe that this War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it,” he wrote, and after the letter was read aloud in the House of Commons, Sassoon expected to be court-martialed. Once the poet Robert Graves intervened, claiming that Sassoon was suffering from shell-shock. Sassoon was then sent to a facility for mentally infirm soldiers, where he later mentored Wilfred Owen. The poem “The One-Legged Man” represents one of Sassoon’s more bitterly ironic poems in which a man blesses the fortunes of one horror—his own amputation—since it spares him the greater horror of further military service. Doubtless the story resonates with Sassoon’s own, where his patriotism as a citizen of England became subordinate to more peaceful allegiances as a “citizen of life.” The irony of the poem suggests one man’s limitation is another’s mobility, his reinstated power to “choose.”
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Sonnets from a Prison Camp, title page]

Description: Photograph of the title page from "Sonnets from a Prison Camp" by Archibald Allan Bowman, held by UNT Special Collections. Scottish philosopher and poet Allan Archibald Bowman (1883-1936) was working as a professor at Princeton University when World War I began. He took a leave of absence in 1915, enlisted in the British Army, and was assigned to the Highland Light Infantry. Three years later, Bowman was taken prisoner by German forces during the Battle of Lys. The poems collected in Sonnets from a Prison Camp were written after Bowman’s capture, between April 27 and July 25, 1918. Most were composed at the Rastatt prison camp, though some were written after Bowman was transferred to Hesepe. The volume itself contains twelve chronologically arranged sections and a clean, minimal layout with one sonnet per page. This neatly bound, 152-page book has a board cover with thread wear on the bottom and top of the spine. A lithographed errata slip on different paper is pasted into the binding and precedes the title page. Part of the Soldier Poets section of the exhibit, Sonnets from a Prison Camp contains poems that reflect on the horrors of war, the boredom of life in a prison camp, and a deep longing for home and peace. Bowman also employs Christian theology to decry the power of “Nations,” asserting that “Earth’s glory sinks confronted with Christ’s cross” (p. 104). In the following sonnet, he writes that the “Commonwealth” cannot “unchallenged claim / To be the First and Last.” There is “a holier Name” (p. 105). Each sonnet includes a date and location, allowing the sequence to function like diary entries, and in his foreword, Bowman notes that during his early days as a prisoner of war, these poems “stood between my soul and madness” (p. v). The ...
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Poems, Isaac Rosenberg]

Description: Photographs of "Poems" by Isaac Rosenberg, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is light blue with the title printed on the top right corner. Image 2, frontispiece and title page. The frontispiece has a black and white photo of a man in a colored jacket. Image 3, "The Dying Soldier" poem on the left page and "Dead Man's Dump" on the right, the pages numbered 88 and 89.
Date: October 12, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[From an Outpost and Other Poems, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "From an Outpost and Other Poems" by Leslie Coulson, held by UNT Special Collections. The white paper cover has a thin orange line that frames the title, followed by a photo of a young man and the author under the picture all in orange tint.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[U.S. Army ammunition belt, , World War I]

Description: Photographs of a U.S. Army ammunition belt from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. The light brown belt has five areas of pockets with a small button on each of them. The middle has a small metal handle, the strap seen on the left side. Image 2, utility belt extended out. On the left side the five pockets are seen and on the right the inside of the belt.
Date: December 1, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Poems of the War and After]

Description: Photographs of "Poems of the War and After" by Vera Brittain, held by UNT Special Collections. The paper cover is white with a thick black line as a frame, with the title is at the top and the author in the middle, the words "Author of Testament of Youth" at the bottom and each section separated by a small black line. Image 2, "In Memoriam G.R.Y.T" page. The pages are numbered 28 and 29, the title at the top of the left page followed by the poem. Image 3, "Sic Transit-" and "To Them" poems with the pages numbered 32 and 33. Image 4, the spine of the book laying flat containing the title and a small triangle/circle symbol. Vera Brittain joined the British Voluntary Aid Detachment, or V.A.D., in 1915 to work as a nurse; she served in London, France and Malta during the war. Poems of War and After reprints the poems originally published in Brittain’s Verses of a V.A.D. (1918). This earlier volume was dedicated to her fiancé and fellow poet Roland Leighton, who died in the war along with Brittain’s brother Edward and several close friends, whose letters Brittain quotes in her memoir Testament of Youth (1933). In her earlier V.A.D. poems, Brittain provides precise dates and locations, allowing the reader to follow her movements and losses, from “A Military Hospital” in London 1916, to “In Memoriam G.R.Y.T. (Killed in action at Monchy-le-Preux, April 23rd, 1917)” written in Malta, to “Sic Transit—(V.R., Died of Wounds, June 9th, 1917)” dated London, June 1917. Brittain’s poems reflect the pain of surviving one’s friends and relations, a pain expressed in her memory of blue-grey eyes, a youthful gait, “of intimacy sweet though scarce begun” (p. 29).
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Forward, March!, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Forward, March!" by Angela Morgan, held by UNT Special Collections. The dark red cover has the title at the top left corner, followed by a graphic of a hand holding a torch and the author. This all encased by a line, and all in gold lettering/lines.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Poems and Drawings]

Description: Photographs of "Poems and Drawings" by Henry L. Field, held by UNT Special Collections. The worn cover is dark blue with the title in a white label no the top left corner of the page with the year 1916. Image 2, title page of "Poems and Drawings." Image 3, frontispiece with an image of a mustached man in uniform, the picture labeled "Henry Field, 1894-1916." The author of this collection, Henry Field, served in World War I and died in service on July 1, 1916. The book includes poems written between 1912 and 1916. The preface at the beginning of the book is written by R.F. This could be Field’s mother, Ruth Field, but is more than likely his brother, Richard Field. In addition to supplying the preface, R.F. acts as an editor, making choices about which poems to include and which to omit. There are 26 poems in total, with subject matter ranging from WWI soldiers and death, to Christmas during the war, to unrequited love. There are also poems addressed to specific people, including J.C.F. (most likely Henry’s sister, Jessie). The book includes illustrations by Henry Field as well, which are reproduced lithographically. At the end of the book, the section “From a Pocket Sketch-Book” includes five lithographic prints of illustrations done by Field, mainly of other soldiers. There are also three other illustrations before this section, entitled “Wind” and “Sun” and one of a shepherd. In the preface, R.F. discusses how drawing and painting were “the mode of expression he [Henry] cared for most.” Because this book was intended for “people who care for him” and to show people Henry’s “inner life,” a lot of care is taken with its printing and particularly with the reproduction of Field’s drawings. This care is signaled in the book’s physical ...
Date: October 12, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Sword Blades and Poppy Seed]

Description: Photographs of "Sword Blades and Poppy Seed" by Amy Lowell, held by UNT Special Collections. The first image is of the blue/grey spine with a label at the top of it containing the title. Image 2, the book opened up to the title page, with the left page containing publishing information.
Date: October 12, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections