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?
Day of These Days Laurie Lee
Rural Idyll Margaret Toms
Legend Judith Wright
Not One Yet Killed
The Soldier Rupert Brooke
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont John Milton
After Blenheim Robert Southey
The Question Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Reconciliation Walt Whitman
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
The Hand that Signed the Paper
On the Tomb of the Spartan Dead at Thermopylae
The Question Alexander McKee
A B C of a Naval Trainee Roy Fuller
We were not Prepared for This
War is Kind Stephen Crane
To a HomeTown Conscript Posted Overseas Peter Bland
A Moment of War Laurie Lee
Hohenlinden Thomas Campbell
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