Pockets Full of Poetry: War Poets
The poetry of war might have a variety of focuses, including the idealization of war, the effects of war on civilians, and of course the struggle of the combatants, as well as the effects soldiers undergo due to their time in a war zone. Check out Richland Library's selection of poetry that deal with war, most of which are from the numerous conflicts that took place in the 20th century. There are also some articles and websites linked below if you would like to learn more about the poetry of war.
Anthem for Doomed YouthWhat passing-bells for these who die as cattle?Only the monstrous anger of the guns.Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattleCan patter out their hasty orisons.No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;And bugles calling for them from sad shires.What candles may be held to speed them all?Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyesShall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.by Wilfred Owen
- Poems About War | Poets.org
"War has long figured as a theme in poetry--after all, some of the world’s oldest surviving poems are about great armies and heroic battles."
- The Poetry of World War I | Poetry Foundation
Poem sampler of poems that commemorate the Great War.
- War Poets Association
The War Poets Association promotes interest in the work, life and historical context of poets whose subject is the experience of war.