I dog-eared so many of these poems while reading this book. Many are made more relevant because of my stage of life and the regionalism that Bly and I share as Minnesotans. I also appreciate the daily dedication it took for Bly to write these poems and the decisions he must have made to choose the best of the best.
Robert Bly was inspired by his friend William Stafford to write a poem each day. This book was written around the time I was born, so there is a personal significance to understanding the mood of the era. I have read other poems of Stafford's that I like more. But, again, this book has been marked at the corners for the universal truths Stafford shared with his readers.
I learned more about WWI through Willig's engaging writing style and her thorough research. As with other books I have read of hers, the real story behind her fiction is equally intriguing. I particularly enjoyed reading it while listening to Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge series as both take place during a similar timeframe.
I think I am being generous with the four stars, and I am a bit surprised that this book was made into a movie. The storyline is slow-moving, and the ending is flat. What I appreciated about this book is what I learned about farm life during WWII and the rigorous work women chose to do to help the war effort. That is what kept me reading.
Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge Series 4-5: Five Stars
I truly enjoy this series and the Audible version. I highly recommend it for a summer reading list.