The Great War

from A Calendar of Verse, an electronic edition

One of the rich heritages of this war will be its golden treasury of song, so full of the vision that soars above the battle to the spiritual gleam that crowns the darkness. Nobly and tenderly the poets have glorified the sacrifice of those who have gone down into the night to rise as stars in the skies of Freedom.

The singers of the war have also shared its fires. Many from afar have faced the great guns in imagination, and commemorated the fiery conflict with brain and heart. Others, like America's Alan Seeger and England's Rupert Brooke, have in reality entered the fields of battle and given not only the poet's vision and the poet's dream, but the soldier's life -- a life most rich and joyous when offering the supreme sacrifice for the cause of the soldier's heart.