war poet

The War Poets


The First World War wasn`t a world war but

a war of dominance in Europe chiefly by the Franc, British and Germany.

World War 2 included most country it was a nasty war

millions of people died, but strangely this war is partly forgotten.

It changed the map and brought forward Israel, which became a torn

for lasting peace in the Middle East.

But the war brought us great American writers like Theodore Dreiser,

Ezra Pound (poet)Ernst Hemingway and many others great writers.

The savagery of that world didn`t include so many poets as

the dispute in Europe also called a world war did,

 the reason we remember it so well is thanks to Wilfred Owens and

his intimate friend Frederic Sassoon who ploughed deep furrows

in our mind and did away with flowering poetry, gritty realism

was and still is what poets should strive for.



◄ cold wind over Europe

once a scouser alway a rebel ►



Fri 14th Dec 2018 14:51

Another great piece. Top marks Jan!

Often nothing hurts more than the truth.

David's comments sadly ring true. The echo's never cease even when the guns stop firing, the bombs stop dropping, and the people stop dying.


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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 14th Dec 2018 09:53

Realism being the operative word here for me Jan. The great war (a confusing title for a war) was truly horrific and literally devoured a generation. I think the intensity of some of the poetry that came from that period indicates its true horror.

Some of the great poets of that time were accidental poets, men thrust into horrors which shocked their terrible creations into life and onto the page. I would say that someone like Hemingway was a writer first, who then became in his own mind a soldier. He was a thrill seeker, in many ways an observer not like those of the Wilfred Owen generation.

The proliferation of poets from WW1 is a reflection of the sheer masses of men involved in it.

War poetry today is much thinner on the ground and often very different in tone, maybe because of the smaller numbers of people engaged in it. I suppose as the ways in which we slaughter each other change so does the way in which those who experience it then go on to record and write about it.

I would say there are many chancers and bullshitters who write about conflict and war in a distasteful and vacuous way, to me their bullshit screams off the page. Often their aim seems to be self glorification with little overarching message to the reader. That stuff I can well do without, there should be a greater purpose than mere self when imparting experiences, especially horrific ones.

I am pleased you posted this now, to my mind it seems well timed.

Your MO is to always attempt to make the reader question and think, I only hope that some of them will and do.


PS, I'd just add that it seems to me the best writers on any topic are those who have entwined themselves in the subjects tentacles. You want to write about war go and experience one, get yourself under the bombs like Marie Colvin did, you want to write what it is to be a soldier, go stand in line put your head above the parapet. It is often the only way to gain credibility and portray authenticity. Because many of these things are undesirable and repellant to us, I think is exactly the reason some of the greatest poets and writers became so by accident.

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