Wednesday 23 August 2017

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

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny
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.

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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