Why should we want to read poetry about war? After a turbulent twentieth century marked by bloody conflict, affecting nations across the globe, is it strange — perverse, even — that there is a reading public still so preoccupied and fascinated by war poems? As we know, the new millennium shows every sign of continuing with a cycle of war, as hostilities both between and within nations erupt into military action. What, then, is the purpose of creating art out of a phenomenon that wields such terrible power; that has such destructive force? Does war poetry simply record the gruesome progress of the development, advance and cessation of wars throughout history? These questions have haunted many poets and anthologists in the very act of writing and collecting war poetry.
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