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Soldier poets of the Great War (IV): Robert Graves is over-rated as a poet

I am a fan of Robert Graves' autobiography, but his poetry leaves me cold. For example, these lines just strike me as awkward:

Down pressed the sky, and we, oppressed, thrust out

Boastful tongue, clenched fist and valiant yard.

That said, I did like these other lines of his:

It's hard to know if you're alive or dead

When steel and fire go roaring through your head.

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