A Poem for Armistice Day


Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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17 Responses

  1. Avatar ktward says:

    “I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.”


  2. Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

    I suppose then that even if we do dismiss Shelley, we have another poet who can help us to understand war.

    Scott, what say you?Report

    • Indeed. Sassoon was also not afraid to call it murder:


      No doubt they’ll soon get well; the shock and strain
      Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
      Of course they’re “longing to go out again,” –
      These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
      They’ll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
      Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died, –
      Their dreams that drip with murder; and they’ll be proud
      Of glorious war that shatter’d all their pride…
      Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
      Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.


  3. Avatar Scott says:

    Sassoon knew what he was talking about and I respect that, though I disagree with him on the point that WW1 turned from a war of liberation into one of aggression and conquest.Report

    • Avatar Barrett Brown says:

      Me too. It was never a war of liberation. One side consisted of imperial Britain, imperial France, Tsarist Russia, and the United States, and this was the more benevolent of the two sides.Report

      • Avatar Scott says:

        So I guess if you were a Frenchman or a Belgian you would have been happy with the Germans occupying your country? Remember it was the Germans who invaded Russia and France. Not to mention that they promised the Mexicans a large chunk of the US to fight with them.Report

  4. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    Even in the annals of war, World War I was a spectacular compendium of stupidity.

    Although, in a way, we should thank Kaiser Wilhelm for once-and-for-all destroying the notion that hereditary monarchies (or families of same) had any special claims to intelligence, wisdom, or general worthiness.Report