I spent most of this week reading Regeneration by Pat Barker. Whilst reading it, I realised I know very little about World War I. I know the broad, over-all details, but I never really read any personal stories or anyone's actual accounts as they experienced WWI. And I'd like to. Probbly starting with WWI poetry. I'd heard of Anthem For A Doomed Youth, but I'd never read it until after I finished Regeneration. Both the poem and Regeneration are very powerful and I will certainly look out for more.
Suggestions? Have you been inspired to read more about a certain event in history after reading a fictional account?
Wilfred Owen's biography
Siegfried Sassoon's biography
Wikipedia listing for World War I
Poems by Wilfred Owen
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.