Look by Solmaz SharifA challenging read in the best sense, where Sharif appropriates the odd language and definitions from a DOD military dictionary, taking these utterly empty bureaucratic terms and interleaving them with stark images of violence and war. The emotional impact of these poems is deadened by the DOD terms, and then brought to shocking, contrasting life by the original language and images in other parts of the poems. The effect on me as a reader was one of disintegration and loss. I was left with an awareness that language itself has become deranged and cheapened--you see the cheapening directly in the ridiculously formal, empty military terms, but also you reach an understanding of how continuous violence deadens the reaction to any one atrocity, and where words describing any one atrocity lose their emotive power. There is a lack of faith in words to mean anything, in these poems. The poems feel like shattered pieces of meanings strewn about for me to pick up.
The collection also reminded me a little bit of Kathy Ackers fiction. Not in subject matter or even tone but rather, for its cynical, almost nihilistic take on the power of language to mean anything, to say anything. Its quite a feat to pull of an emotionally wrenching work of language while simultaneously doubting the force of language.
The collection resonated with me all the more because I have been thinking a lot about the hollowing-out of language during this US election year, where sometimes the rhetoric I hear from speeches and rallies reminds me of the 1984 gem:
War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
Effects of war :- Sleep once and for all (touching poem)
With glittering arms I saw the soldiers march With hearts elate, and footsteps light as air, Vaunting of victories their arms would gain: Eager they fill'd the transports waiting near, To waft them to the hostile tented field, And from the vessel's side with loud huzza, Hail'd with a cheerful voice the crouded shore, And bade their much dejected friends farewel.
Top 10 war poems
Here is a collection of rhyming poems that talk about war and the brutality, suffering, destruction and sadness associated with wars. I hope that each word serves to remind us those who have lost their lives in the many wars throughout human history. I can't imagine the helpless feelings and emotions that young soldiers have experienced when they knew they were minutes or even seconds away from their death. With youth comes a sense of invincibility, but wars and bloodshed change that very quickly. Especially when one witnesses his dear friends perish in front of him.
There are many great war poems out there and there have been a great number of popular war poets. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
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This gallery provides a series of snapshots illustrating the way in which the First World War unfolded at home and abroad, and on land, in the air and over water. In this picture two airman, followed by a boy with a bike, make their way to a German zeppelin airship that had crash-landed in an Essex field in September
Man's early war-songs and love-songs were generally exhortations to action, or celebrations of action, in one or other field, but no such similarity exists between what we now more broadly define as love poetry and war poetry. Whereas most love poems have been in favour of love, much and most recent war poetry has been implicitly, if not explicitly, anti-war. So long as warrior met warrior in equal combat with sword or lance, poets could celebrate their courage and chivalry, but as technology put ever-increasing distance between combatants and, then, ceased to distinguish between combatant and civilian, poets more and more responded to "man's inhumanity to man". I have chosen poems from both the old "heroic" and the modern "humane" traditions. With so many fine poems to choose from, on another day I might have selected another team. An early battle poem written in Old English, this gives a vivid and poignant account of the last stand of Anglo-Saxon warriors against a troop of Viking invaders, and includes a classic articulation of the heroic code. Tennyson didn't see the British cavalry charge against Russian artillery in the Crimean war other than with his mind's eye but his lifelong absorption in Arthurian legend and chivalry enabled him to take his place, imaginatively, with the "Noble six hundred".
War poetry is poetry about war either written by a person who participates in a war and writes about his experiences ; or by a non-combatant. One of the oldest extant works of Western literature, Iliad , is a war poem. It is set during the Trojan War, one of the most important events in Greek mythology. The term war poet is sometimes applied especially to those who served during World War I. English soldier Wilfred Owen is perhaps the most famous war poet in that sense. Many of his poems; including Dulce et Decorum est, Disabled and Anthem for Doomed Youth ; are among the best known anti-war poems ever written. Here are the 10 most famous war poems of all time.
Almost as long as there has been life, war has been a part of it. Mankind continues to wage war even though the consequences often breed nothing but misery. However, when a person is called to defend his or her country, or protect other defenseless people, it is his duty to fight. There is no question that there is evil in the world and we must not rest on our laurels and say it is none of our business. We cannot stand by and watch while others are being persecuted.