Peace and War: A Collection of Poems
"The war poems of slaughter and loss in this anthology say as much about peace as do the few idyllic pastoral poems. Of the nearly 200 poems, a few are difficult, but most are dramatic and immediate. There's intense booktalk material here, terrifying action told with burning truth." -- Booklist (starred review)
This comprehensive anthology, now in paperback, spans lands and cultures throughout the world from the time of Ancient Greece and Rome to the uneasiness of the present and the uncertainly of the future. Such poets as Aeschuylus, Milton, Blake, Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Rupert Brooke, Carl Sandburg and others reflect the central place that feelings of peace and war occupy in our hearts and minds.
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What can I have Meant by Happiness?
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont John Milton
Cruelty William Blake
Drummer Hodge Thomas Hardy
Beat Beat Drums Walt Whitman
War is Kind Stephen Crane
Survivors Alan Ross
A Refusal to Mourn Dylan Thomas
What is Woman that you Forsake Her?
Futility Wilfred Owen
15th March 1939 Gerda Mayer
The Kimono Don Gordon
Concord Hymn Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lunchtime Lecture Gillian Clarke
Destroyers in the Arctic Alan Ross
Achtung Achtung Mary Hacker
The word was given Aeschylus
After the First Death there is no Other
High Wood Philip Johnstone
Maybe Summer may yet Come Again
Peace Walter de la Mare
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A. E. Housman Arthur Waley barbarians battle beast beauty birds blood bombs breath broken Bulat Okudzhava burning Charles Sorley clouds dark dead death died dreams drums dust earth eyes face fathers fields fight fire flowers fought friends George Reavey ghosts glad grass grave green grey guns hand hear heard heart hills horse killed land laugh Laurie Lee live look Lord magpie man's moon morning mother never night once paper soldier Patricia Beer peace Picardy rain Remember roar rolled round Siegfried Sassoon silence sing sleep smile snow song spring stare stars stone sweet sword tears tell things Thomas Hardy thou thought Tommy translated trees turned valley voice W. B. Yeats W. H. Auden wall watch weep Wilfred Owen winds do blow