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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 Ä'apek: 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


EÃ a de Queiroz: Afghanistan


Paul Ã"degreesluard: 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


Andrà 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 HÃ lderlin: 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 Bruyà re on the lust for war


Selma Lagerlà f: The Fifth Commandment. The Great Beast is War.


Sidney Lanier: Death in Eden


D.H. Lawrence: All modern militarism is foul


Halldà r 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


Josà Martà : 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


Kenzabur... ...'e: 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 PÃ guy: 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 Valà ry 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

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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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