Category Archives: Conflict Poetry

Conflict has inspired poems since the beginning of time.

Ideology

Someone recently asked me what Ideology I followed, I replied: “We had to choose a word for an English essay when I was about 15 and I chose ideology as my word and defined it I recall “as a way … Continue reading

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Declining Conflict Handling Skills with Ageing

My late father always had a difficult strand, but it became worse with age, a higher proportion of whom he was, until in his 90s he could be very difficult to deal with, unable to meet his own interests in … Continue reading

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Conflict Poem: “The Journey” by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice – – – though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your … Continue reading

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Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Take on Donald Trump

With apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley and his poem Ozymandias: “I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered … Continue reading

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Pablo Neruda Insight

In these dark times, I thought a Pablo Neruda Poem might help: 

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Conflict Poetry: “Epitaphs of War” Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling, often seen as jingoistic poet, persuaded his only son to volunteer for the First World War, where he was killed six weeks after his 18th birthday at the Battle of Loos in 1915. His body was never found. … Continue reading

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Conflict Poem: “Simplify Me When I am Dead”: Keith Douglas (1920-44)

Keith Douglas probably the best British War Poet of the Second World War is often forgotten in the focus on the First World War Poets, so here is one of his best war poems. He was killed in action in … Continue reading

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Bertold Brecht(1898-1956): Top Ten Conflict Tips

Having recently used one of his quotes I found interesting, time for one of your Top Ten Conflict Tips from one of the 20th Century’s most conflicted thinkers: Bertold Brecht. Because things are the way they are, things will not … Continue reading

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Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Given we live in scoundrel times, or as the Chinese curse puts it: “may you live in interesting times”, I have always struggled personally on the conflict between the Edmund Burke’s (1729-1797) saying: “The only thing necessary for the triumph … Continue reading

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Civilizational Collapse

 I have this idea that every civilization that collapsed (Mayan, Egyptian, Babylonian, Indus Valley), and 99% of all recorded civilizations have collapsed, and left us only archaeological remains, had within it two main groups: One group lets call them “conservatives”, though I am … Continue reading

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