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120 anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

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120 anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Aeschylus: Ares, father of tears, mows the field of man

Conrad Aiken: Vast symphonic dance of death

Richard Aldington: Pools and ponds of blood, the huge black dogs of hell

Amiel on war

Leonid Andreyev: The Red Laugh

Aristides on the two types of war: Bad and worse

Arrian: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and the fate of conquerors

Henri Barbusse: Under Fire

Julien Benda: Military mysticism

Walter Benjamin: Self-alienated mankind experiences its own destruction as aesthetic pleasure

Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

James Boswell: On War

Randolph Bourne: The War and the Intellectuals

Georg Brandes: An Appeal Against Wholesale Murder

Bertolt Brecht: German Miserere

Karel Čapek: The War with the Newts

Thomas Carlyle: What blood-filled trenches, and contentious centuries, may still divide us!

Coleridge: All our dainty terms for fratricide

Joseph Conrad: Men go mad in protest against "peculiar sanity" of war

Homo homini lupus: William Cowper on war and man's inhumanity to man

Stephen Crane: War Is Kind

Austin Dobson: Before Sedan

John Dos Passos: Three Soldiers

1862: Dostoevsky on the new world order

Theodore Dreiser and Smedley Butler: War is a Racket

Georges Duhamel: The Fleshmongers, War's Winnowing Basket

Eça de Queiroz: Afghanistan

Paul Éluard: True law of men despite the misery and war

Erasmus: The Complaint of Peace

William Faulkner: There is only the question: When will I be blown up?

Fichte: The inexorable law of universal peace

Gustave Flaubert and George Sand: Monstrous conflicts of which we have no idea; warfare suppressed or civilization perishes

Anatole France on war

John Galsworthy, 1911: Air war last and worst hideous development of the black arts of warfare

Rasul Gamzatov: For women war is never over

Vsevolod Garshin: Four Days

Andre Gide: Transformation of a war supporter

William Godwin: Inventions of a barbarous age, deluging provinces with blood

Maxim Gorky on Romain Rolland, war and humanism

Robert Graves: Recalling the last war, preparing for the next

Thomas Gray: Clouds of carnage blot the sun; weave the crimson web of war

Thomas Hardy: All-Earth-gladdening Law of Peace, war's apology wholly stultified

Nathaniel Hawthorne on war: Drinking out of skulls till the Millennium

William Hazlitt: Systematic patrons of eternal war

Ernest Hemingway: Combat the murder that is war

Herodotus: No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace

Alexander Herzen: War and "international law"

Hesiod: Lamentable works of Ares lead to dank house of Hades

Nazim Hikmet: Sad kind of freedom, free to be an American air base

Friedrich Hölderlin: Celebration of Peace

William Dean Howells: Spanish Prisoners of War

Victor Hugo: The face of Cain, hunters of men, sublime cutthroats

Aldous Huxley: Rhetorical devices used to conceal fundamental absurdity and monstrosity of war

Avetik Issahakian: Eternal fabricators of war, erecting pyramids with a myriad skulls

William James: The Moral Equivalent of War

Samuel Johnson on war

Nikos Kazantzakis: Francis of Assisi

Keats: Days innocent of scathing war

Ellen Key: Overcoming the madness of a world at war

Karl Kraus: The Last Days of Mankind

La Bruyère on the lust for war

Selma Lagerlöf: The Fifth Commandment. The Great Beast is War.

Sidney Lanier: Death in Eden

D.H. Lawrence: All modern militarism is foul

Halldór Laxness: In war there is no cause except the cause of war. A bitter disappointment when it turned out they could defend themselves

Richard Le Gallienne: The Illusion of War

Sinclair Lewis: It Can("t) Happen Here

Livy: On the political utility of starting unprovoked wars

Jack London: War

Lucan: Over all the world you are victorious and your soldiers die

Lucian: War propaganda and its hyperbole

Bernard Mandeville: How to induce men to kill and die

Heinrich Mann: Mission of letters in a world in rubble with 10 million corpses underground

Jose MartÃ: Oscar Wilde on war and aesthetics

Roger Martin du Gard: From Nobel Prize in Literature speech

Edgar Lee Masters: The Philippine Conquest

Herman Melville: Trophies of Peace

H.L. Mencken: New wars will bring about an unparalleled butchery of men

George Meredith: On the Danger of War

William Morris: Protecting the strong from the weak, selling each other weapons to kill their own countrymen

Nikolai Nekrasov: In War

Alfred Noyes: The Wine Press

Vladimir Odoevsky: City without a name, system with one

Kenzaburō Ōe: Categorical imperative to renounce war forever

Wilfred Owen: Arms and the Boy and Disabled

Pascal on war: An assassin if he kills in his own country, a hero if in another

Charles Peguy: Cursed be war, cursed of God

Harold Pinter: Art, Truth and Politics

Plutarch: On war and its opponents

Marcel Proust: Every day war is declared anew

Salvatore Quasimodo: In every country a cultural tradition opposes war

Arthur Rimbaud: Evil

Yannis Ritsos: Peace

Romain Rolland: Above The Battle

Romain Rolland: Ara Pacis and Ave, Caesar, Morituri Te Salutant

Ronsard: Far away from Europe and far from its wars

Carl Sandburg: Ready to Kill

George Santayana on war and militarism

Albert Schweitzer: On nuclear weapons in NATO's hands

Seneca on war: Deeds punished by death when committed by individuals praised when carried out by generals

Militarist myopia: George Bernard Shaw's Common Sense About the War

Juvenilia: Percy Bysshe Shelley on war

Sophocles: War the destroyer

Robert Southey: The Battle of Blenheim

Stephen Spender: Ultima Ratio Regum

Stendhal and Byron: Military leprosy; fronts of brass and feet of clay

Jonathan Swift on war

Thucydides: Admonitions against war

Alexei Tolstoy: The one incontestable result was dead bodies

Leo Tolstoy: Two Wars and Carthago Delenda Est

Kurt Tucholsky: The White Spots

Mark Twain: The War Prayer

Lesya Ukrainka: Do you understand that word called war?

Paul Vaillant-Couturier: The Song of Craonne

Paul Valery on global conflicts, Europe governed by American commission

Voltaire: War

Franz Werfel: To a Lark in War-Time

Oscar Wilde: Antidote to war

Edward Young: Draw the murd'ring sword to give mankind a single lord

Arnold Zweig: Education Before Verdun

 

Rick Rozoff has been involved in anti-war and anti-interventionist work in various capacities for forty years. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Is the manager of the Stop NATO international email list at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/

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