A Jetblack Sunrise Poems About War and Conflict by Jan Mark


A Jetblack Sunrise Poems About War and Conflict by Jan Mark

A definitive collection of poems on war and human conflict compiled by an award-winning novelist, critic and poetry-prize judge. A rich vein of poetry for English and Literacy as well as making valuable curriculum connections to History, PSHE and Citizenship From classics like Shakespeare's 'Henry V' speech at Agincourt, through the poetry of the WWI trenches to experiences of the WWII Home Front, as well as colonial and civil wars around the world, this diverse collection includes poetry reflecting the many perspectives on war and human conflict. Organised into four sections, the first covers pleas for peace and the attitudes that produce conflict, the second is the experience of war, the third considers the casualties, and the fourth deals with the aftermath of war. With approximately 100 poems from across the literary tradition - Marlowe to Keith Douglas, Kipling to James Fenton, Whitman to Roger McGough, Owen to Paul Muldoon - this collection is both a thought-provoking read and an essential classroom and library reference.


A JETBLACK SUNRISE ... readily lives up to its subtitle poems about war and conflict . With each poem carefully dated to show how, in every generation, there is courage and cruelty in near equal measure, Jan Mark has drawn widely from a rich fund of sources to bring alive the wide range of emotions about war. -- Guardian There is an art to the anthology, and Jan Mark's selection and arrangement of the material in A JETBLACK SUNRISE make it a perfect example of that art. ... Placing the more traditionally studied poems of conflict within this framework gives the book a more thoughtful and challenging aspect. ... This is a book as much about the power of words as about war. ... As far as KS3/4 is concerned this means context, contrast, themed reading and research - in other words it's real education. -- TES Thoughtfully arranged ... The organisation is excellent for schools ... A valuable text for upper primary and secondary schools, across a range of subjects: for example English, history, citizenship and PSHE. -- School Librarian This is an outstanding collection ... While there are some predictable poets and poems, many more are surprising and thought-provoking, reflecting the depth of Mark's reading and the subtlety of her approach. She is as much concerned with the causes and repercussions of political violence, both social and intellectual, as with the direct experience of the battlefield. Her arrangement is as original as her choice of poems. -- Books for Keeps

About the Author

Jan Mark

Jan Mark was born in Hertfordshire during the Second World War. She would have been born in London, but her mother had been evacuated. She moved around a lot as a child, and ended up in Oxford. Sadly, she died suddenly from meningitis on 16 Jan 2006.

Jan Mark was one of the most distinguished authors of books for young people. She was twice awarded the Carnegie Medal for her novels Thunder and Lightnings and Handles; and also won the Penguin Guardian Award, the Observer Teenage Fiction Prize and the Angel Award for Fiction. Click here to see more of her books

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160 pages


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Publication date

12th August 2004



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