War Poetry

Across the globe throughout history, war has had an inhuman effect on the human condition, and the insensate destruction has apparently brought a hideous pattern of terror over time. Technological advancements, particularly in military technology, have developed more powerful ways to massacre millions of people and horrify a state or country. Throughout history, many writers have written on war without having a direct experience of it; however, world literatures have been filled with firsthand knowledge of war provided by “soldier-poets,” reflecting what war can do to the psyche and body.

Indirect Experiences

Homer’s Iliad, a classic war poem, dates to 800 BCE and recounts the progress of the Trojan War. Iliad is an important Greek war poem from the heroic tradition. There are many examples across the ...

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