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World War I produced an astonishing number of poets and poems. Estimates are that more than a million poems were written by soldiers who served on active duty in that war. Certainly more poems were published than for any other war, before or since. These poems by soldiers range from being patriotic and proud to die for their country, to
graphic descriptions of battles and deaths in action. A significant number of poems were critical of the strategies employed during the war, and some were clearly anti-war. A great number of the soldiers who wrote poems also were killed in action. This program will examine some of the most famous poets and poems, and also present examples of
poems by soldiers otherwise unknown.
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