This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series “Poems of War and Peace“The Remembrance Poppy In the Anglo-American world, they are popular: the artificial poppies, present on Remembrance Day. In the „Recipe page for the destruction of...Read More
Series: “Poems of War and Peace“
“All a poet can do is warn,” said Wilfried Owen, considering his experience in the trenches of World War One. The following selection of poems of war and peace starts with a poem that has – through its major image of red poppies – greatly influenced discussions on war. (John Mc Crae, “In Flanders Fields”) It is followed by a poem, in which war becomes more personal. Brian Turner was a soldier in Iraq. “Here, Bullets” dismantles the myth of the glory of war. Khaled Juma, Palestinian and author of children’s books, writes about “Rascal Children of Gaza”. “What I Will” is a poem by Suheir Hammad, an American poet, author, performer, and political activist, who was born in Amman, Jordan. It is a modern statement of pacifism. The last poem is Lemn Sissay’s “Let there be Peace”, a landmark poem, the poet’s plea for peace.
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series “Poems of War and Peace“ “Without poetry, the experience of war defies articulation and explanation of what it meant to be there, in those conditions, with that mindset, and...Read More
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series “Poems of War and Peace“ Children in Gaza have lived through three major conflicts in six years. In the summer of 2014, more than 500 children were killed in...Read More
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series “Poems of War and Peace“ Throughout the 20th and 21rst centuries, leading women opposed militarism and repression, were strongly committed to promote peace and freedom, have demanded justice, dignity...Read More
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series “Poems of War and Peace“ “Let There Be Peace” is a giant landmark poem: a two-storey-high work, painted to a wall on the outside of the University of Huddersfield’s...Read More