Friday 9 December 2016

It's the poets who bring the greatest insights into war, not the generals

Published 27/07/2014 | 02:30

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

On Monday week, President Higgins will join an official British commemoration at Mons in Belgium to mark the start of the First World War, on 4 August 1914.

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As a poet himself, I am sure Michael D will appreciate the profound understanding that the war poets brought to that terrible conflict.

Indeed, some historians claim that our sensibilities have been overly impressed by "the poets' war": we should look at the political and military causes of the Great War, and not the poets' lamentations.

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