Does anyone have a link or a poem for a WWII poem. Britt Cummings was killed in 1945 in action and our city is dedicating a day to him. We would like to have a war poem relevant to his honor. Thanks in advance for helping.
There are lots of websites devoted to "war poetry" and to the poetry of specific wars.
Try searching for ["world war II" + poetry] and ["world war two" + poetry] and you'll find plenty.
To get you started:
I just discovered a wonderful list of 120 war poems, listing titles under the war concerned, and it has 20 under WW2 including some very good ones but unfortunately the links to the actual poems no longer work. (If anyone can make them work, please tell me how! )However, it might be useful for reference It's 120 War Poems By War at [www.infosources.co.uk];
Depends what kind of poem you wanted, and what kind of death he died. Lincoln Kirstein, Randall Jarrell, Alun Lewis, Keith Douglas all wrote fine poems in WWII. try googling.
Tassey, here's one which may fit the bill:
Father Denis Edward O'Brien USMC
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us the Freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us Freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the Freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who serves beneath the Flag,
who salutes the Flag,
whose coffin is draped by the Flag,
who allows the protester to burn the Flag.
It is the soldier, not the politician,
who has given his blood, his body, his life,
who has given us these FREEDOMS.
More good stuff at:
Re the list of 120 poems ("by war"--what a phrase!) that marian2 found, in which the links don't work: Some (not all) can be searched for individually. I mean, all can be SEARCHED FOR and some (not all) can be found elsewhere on line.
"Simplify Me When I'm Dead" by Keith Douglas:
"The Naming of Parts" by Henry Reed:
"Raiders' Dawn" by Alun Lewis: