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Poetry And Poets From The Downton Abbey Era

Downton Abbey is a really really really classy soap opera, and I'll be watching the next episode as I have watched all the others. To quote Issac Bashevis Singer: "A good writer is basically a story-teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind." Well, Downton Abbey is chock-a-block full of stories. And - yes - maybe too many of them. Credulity might be a tad thin on the manicured ground upon occasion. Still, it's a grand romp, and here are some poetry books of the time  which you might have read whilst over a port in that fine Downton Abbey library. And all free on the internet.

 Dame Maggie Smith in a scene from the British series 'Downton Abbey.' (Courtesy of Masterpiece) 

COUNTESS: Dame Maggie Smith in a scene from the British series 'Downton Abbey.' (Courtesy of Masterpiece)

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Downton Abbey Poetry Reading ListBy Jason Boog

Do you love the mix of Edwardian drama and World War I scenes of the second season of Downton Abbey on PBS? Below, we’ve collected links to four free digital poetry books  from the period that you can download right now.

Over at the New York Times, reporter Julie Bosmancovered how publishers are taking advantage of this popular show to promote historical fiction and biography.

One reader added this comment: “The poets who wrote of the horrors of World War I represent some of the greatest poets of all time. I’m not referring to Rupert Brooke, who romanticized the war, but to Siegfried SassoonEdward Thomas, and particularly to Wilfred Owen [pictured], who died a week before the armistice and whose poems are truly heartbreaking. Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ is one of the best.”