Table of Contents

Education, class, and classics. 'Sed miles, sed pro patria': classics and public-school culture ; 'Like the Roman in brave days of old': middle-and working-class classics.
Representing war. 'The riches of a Spartan soul': duty, honour, glory, and sacrifice ; 'The heroes stir in their lone beds': the second Trojan war.
Death and remembrance. 'Yet many a better one has died before': Deaths imagined ; 'Their doom was glorious': commemoration and remembrance. "Stand in the Trench, Achilles examines the range of classical receptions in British poetry of the First World War. Elizabeth Vandiver considers poets from a wide social spectrum and discusses the ways in which they refigured classical literature. Vandiver demonstrates that classics and its previous appropriations in English literature provided a rich source of images, tropes, and even verbal expressions for writers of different backgrounds, different political positions, and different viewpoints on the war."--Jacket.