Thursday, April 22, 2010

Favorite War Poets

-Seigfred Sassoon (Actually known more for his anti-war verses.)
-Wilfred Owen (also showed the dark side of war, with very vivid imagery)
-Rupert Brooke (known for idealistic war sonnets.)

It interests me that of the three men, all of whom were soldiers, only the one (Brooke) who didn't see active combat wrote of war idealistically, while those who fought in the trenches, (Sassoon received a medal for his service) wrote blatantly of the horror they saw. Of course this was all during the WWI, and some would say that war has become much more "civilized" but it is something for one to think about.

Here are my favorite works by each author.


-Glory of Women

-Suicide in the Trenches


-Dulce et Decorum Est

-Anthem for a Doomed Youth

-Strange Meeting


-The Solider


half a league half a league half a league onward. . . a wind which whips the puddles dry. . .my friend you would not tell with such high zest. . . here where the world is silent. . .he took his vorpal sword in hand. . .nothing beside remains. . .the sun was shining on the sea. . . all the kings horses and all the kings men . . . lives of great men all remind us. . .

Once uttered, the words can't be unsaid
Once thought, a thoughts un-unthinkable
The written word can't be unread
A dream, once dreamt is unsinkable

So exposed our lives are filled
With a richness incomparable,
Which in time will always yeild
A damage unrepairable.