Second War World Poems is a powerful anthology of poetry from the 1939-45 conflict. It includes verse written by servicemen who participated in the War - Keith Douglas, Alun Lewis, Randall Jarrell - as well as by survivors of the concentration camps like Primo Levi and Paul Celan. It also includes poetry by civilians in London, Warsaw, Moscow and New York, and by writers dealing with the terrifying legacy of the conflict and its aftermath.
Hugh Haughton is Professor of English at the University of York, author of The Poetry of Derek Mahon (2007) and editor of Poetry of the Second World War (2004). He is the co-editor (with Valerie Eliot) of The Letters of T. S. Eliot (2009).