Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Great War Poems

On Being Asked for a War Poem

I think it better that in times like these
A poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of meddling who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter’s night.

 W. B Yeats (1915)

      John McCrae (Second Ypres, April, 1915)

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