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Women writers on peace and war

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Women writers on peace and war

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Exalt the name of Peace and leave those rusty wars that eat the soul

Emily Dickinson: I many times thought Peace had come

Marguerite Duras: The civilizing mission

Eleanor Farjeon: Peace Poem

Margaret Fuller: America, with no prouder emblem than the Dove

Ellen Glasgow: Selections on war

Ellen Glasgow: The Altar of the War God

Ellen Glasgow: His vision of the future only an endless warfare and a wasted land

Ellen Glasgow: The Reign of the Brute

Ellen Glasgow: “That killed how many? how many?”

Ellen Glasgow: Then the rows of dead men stared at him through the falling rain in the deserted field

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Do Not Cheer, Men Are Dying

Julia Ward Howe: Mother’s Day Proclamation 1870

Jean Ingelow: And the dove said, “Give us peace!”

Ellen Key: Overcoming the madness of a world at war

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

Selma Lagerlöf: The mark of death was on them all

Marie Lenéru: War is not human fate

Amy Lowell: A pattern called a war. Christ! What are patterns for?

Marianne Moore: I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war

Lilika Nakos: Selections on war

Lilika Nakos: The dead man, the living, the house; all were smashed to bits

Lilika Nakos: Do I know what makes men kill each other?

Lilika Nakos: Do you think the war will ever end?

Lilika Nakos: The grandmother’s sin

Lilika Nakos: “Surely God didn’t intend this butchery”

Lilika Nakos: “What’s the war got to do with God?”

Zoé Oldenbourg: War provides a feast for the vultures

Gabrielle Roy: This was the hope that was uplifting mankind once again: to do away with war

George Sand: Trader in uniformed flesh and the religion of self

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

Olive Schreiner: Give me back my dead!

Olive Schreiner: The bestiality and insanity of war

Anna Seghers: War enthusiasm, brewed from equal parts of age-old memories and total oblivion

Mary Shelley: The fate of the world bound up with the death of a single man

Edith Sitwell: Dirge for the New Sunrise

Lesya Ukrainka: Do you understand that word called war?

Rebecca West: The dreams of Englishwomen during war

Ella Wheeler Wilcox: A Plea To Peace

Marguerite Yourcenar: Fruits of war are food for new wars

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