Sally Cronin from Smorgasbord Blog Magazine introduced me to Vera Brittain, a feminist, writer, and poet, who lived through WW1 and lost her fiancé, brother, and two close friends. My own great aunt never married after losing her fiancé during WW1, so Vera’s feelings of loss and displacement after the war gave me a lot of insight into how many women must have felt whose lives were scarred by the Great War and who lived among youngsters who hadn’t experienced its devastation in such a personal way.
You can listen to Sally’s recital of Vera’s poem THE SUPERFLOUOUS WOMAN here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/11/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-poetry-rewind-in-remembrance-the-war-poets-vera-brittain-by-sally-cronin/
It was a stroke of good luck for me to discover Vera Brittain as she wrote the most comprehensive depiction of WW1 from a female perspective that is available. I wasted no time in grabbing a copy of Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain and here is my review: