The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College

In Fall 2017, I wrote a piece entitled “Neurasthenia, Robert Graves, and Poetic Therapy in the Great War” as part of Dr. Ian A. Isherwood‘s course, The Great War, which was featured in the Gettysburg College institutional repository, The Cupola.

Neurasthenia, Robert Graves, and Poetic Therapy in the Great War

Abstract

Though Robert Graves is remembered primarily for his memoir, Good-bye to All That, his First World War poetry is equally relevant. Comparably to the more famous writings of Sassoon and Owen, Graves’ war poems depict the trauma of the trenches, marked by his repressed neurasthenia (colloquially, shell-shock), and foreshadow his later remarkable poetic talents.

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