This sort of poetry is nearly "anti-war," yet it addresses life's big issues, such as identity, innocence, humanity, compassion, guilt, loyalty, desire, and death. Life on earth is fragile and precious; we must fight to preserve it. The people who write this kind of poetry are often involved in some way with the military - they may have served in the armed forces or they may be members of the resistance against an enemy nation's military policies.
Characteristics of War Poetry:
War poetry can be as simple and direct as a soldier's eye view of battle or as complex and allusive as a poem written by a philosopher. It can be as heroic and exalted as those times, or as bitter and sad as these times too.
In war, everything is possible - even the impossible. So yes, war poetry can be anything and everything you can imagine it to be.
Why do poets write about wars? Wars are great motivators for action! They force us to look at ourselves and our world differently. They show us the cruelty and injustice in this world that need to be stopped. They remind us how important it is to fight for what we believe in. Perhaps most of all, they inspire hope!
A poem in opposition to war is called a "war poem." The war poem usually shows the horrors of war from both sides as well as the cowardliness of war. Many war poems make light of the subject matter or try to explain why people fight wars.
A poem that celebrates peace would be called a "peace poem." The poet could praise peace and those who promote it (such as Gandhi) or he could criticize those who continue to fight wars (like Kipling).
A poem that describes war but does not take a side is called a "battle poem." These poems often show both the horrors of war and the courage of those who fight it. For example, Robert Browning's "And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time" tells the story of a battle from both sides with no one winning or losing.
Finally, a "time poem" focuses on certain events that happen at specific times such as battles or important dates. For example, "Dawn in Cleveland" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow tells the story of a battle between American and British soldiers during the War of 1812 with each line describing something that happens during the battle.
The poem is divided into two sections:
(Answer: April 16, 2013) This poem is about the senseless civilian murders that occur during war, as well as the perceived meaninglessness of war itself. The poet uses this incident as a vehicle through which to discuss the Civil War and its effects on society.
There are several themes running throughout "The Battle-Pieces." One is the idea that war is a terrible thing that destroys everything in its path. Another is the concept of fate or destiny. Many people believe that every event in one's life is preordained; some even go so far as to say that everything that happens is for a reason. With respect to the latter point, many soldiers who encounter death while fighting in a war feel like it was their duty to do so. However, few soldiers would choose to die in order to protect their country. The poet uses these ideas together to suggest that war is an evil that should be avoided at all costs, but that some events are beyond our control.
Finally, the poem questions whether or not the deaths suffered by both soldiers and civilians during wars are in fact meaningless. Some people believe that nothing can truly harm or affect them once they have crossed over into death, while others claim that their lives were worth living even though they were hard ones.
War poetry is a literary form that arose during warfare when hundreds of troops, as well as civilians caught up in the battle, began to create poetry in an attempt to communicate strong feelings at the edge of experience. The genre was popular from about 1450 to 1750.
Some examples of famous war poets include John Milton (1608-1674) and Edward Thomas (1878-1917).
Milton wrote "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity" in 1630 when he was only 19 years old. This poem is considered the first English war poem because it describes the beginning of the European wars of religion between France and Spain over who should control Europe.
Edward Thomas was a Victorian-era poet who traveled with the British army as its secretary. He fought in both World Wars and died in 1917 at the age of 40 while serving as a lieutenant colonel on the Italian front. One of his most famous poems is called "The Soldier" and it contains these words: "Have you not seen them lying out there / In the gray glare of morning, / Full of life and full of joy / Yet with something missing, / Something wrong? / Ah, yes! They're looking for a comrade, / But they cannot say where he has gone."
The Atrocities of War The poem's central topic is that war is a waking nightmare full with horrors. The poem's imagery ranges from the ordinary agony of troops in the trenches to the severe pain of a man dying from chemical warfare. But even these images are dwarfed by the atrocities of modern war, where "the screams of the tortured and the dead" fill the air.
The Decay of Religion During wars men worship different gods. But once fighting stops they return to their old ways. Here, Christianity is portrayed as a religion that can be adopted or abandoned at will. However, despite this freedom, most people remain Christian for the same reasons they did before: because it's better to live forever than not at all.
The Destruction of Cities Many cities suffer greatly during wars. They can be destroyed by battles, but more often they are bombed or burned down by retreating armies who see them as dangerous obstacles on the road back to home base. In World War I, London was bombarded by German shells, causing enormous damage to the city center. More than 10,000 people died in the attacks, which were probably meant as a warning to the British government to stop interfering in Germany's affairs.
The Enslavement of Women One of the main effects of war is that it destroys liberty and human dignity.