The poem was prefaced with a note stating: "It is the only thing I have written of the war or will write, so I hope it may not seem unfitting. When Henry James asked Yeats to submit a poem for publication in Wharton's collection which was intended to raise money for Belgium refugees,  Yeats intended for the poem to state his political position on the "European War". The poem's original title, "To a friend who has asked me to sign his manifesto to the neutral nations," appears, in the words of Jim Haughey, to have a "toysome evasiveness" regarding the politics surrounding the war. Tim Kendall, in The Oxford handbook of British and Irish war poetry , suggests that Yeats's alternatives to the subject of war stated in lines , are the more traditional subjects of poetry which the poet finds suitable material, yet Kendall sees the reversion of the subject back to Yeats's generic topics as "self-unwriting". The mention of the word "silent" in the title published in Wharton's collection, appears contrary to the construction of poetry or the poetic voice.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe. And for a famous World War I poem , there are several good ones to choose from, but perhaps far and away the most famous and most popular of those listed below is John McCrae's In Flanders Fields also a good short poem. Below is a more complete, categorized list of suggestions.
Here is a collection of rhyming poems that talk about war and the brutality, suffering, destruction and sadness associated with wars. I hope that each word serves to remind us those who have lost their lives in the many wars throughout human history. I can't imagine the helpless feelings and emotions that young soldiers have experienced when they knew they were minutes or even seconds away from their death.
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