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100 Women Writers on Peace and War

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

Women writers on peace and war (with regular additions)


100 Women Writers on Peace and War


Maria Abdy: May the gentle Dove of Peace extend her snowy pinions o’er us

Lucy Aikin: Gentle Peace with healing hand returns

Lucy Aikin: Sickening I turn on yonder plain to mourn the widows and the slain

Ellen P. Allerton: Peace After War

Joanna Baillie: And shall we think of war? 

Joanna Baillie: Do children return from rude jarring war?

Joanna Baillie: Thy native land, freed from the ills of war, a land of peace!

H. Lavinia Baily: By the Sea. An Argument for Peace.

Isabella Banks: Absolve our souls from blood shed in our country’s cause

Isabella Banks: The bugle of war, the bugle of peace

Isabella Banks: “Glory, glory, glory!” As if murder were not sin!

Isabella Banks: Lay down weapons, war should cease

Anna Laetitia Barbauld: Peace and Shepherd

Anna Laetitia Barbauld: The storm of horrid war rolls dreadful on

Anna Laetitia Barbauld: War’s least horror is th’ ensanguined field

Charlotte Alington Barnard: Peace Hovers

Katherine Lee Bates: Children of the War

Aphra Behn: No rough sound of war’s alarms

Aphra Behn: The pen triumphs over the sword

Adelaide George Bennett: The Peace-Pipe Quarry

Elizabeth Bentley: On the return of celestial peace

Elizabeth Bentley: Terror-striking War shalt be banish’d far

Matilda Betham: All the horrid charms of war

Susanna Blamire: When the eye sees the grief that from one battle flows, small cause of triumph can the bravest feel

Mathilde Blind: All vile things that batten on disaster follow feasting in the wake of war

Mathilde Blind: Reaping War’s harvest grim and gory

Mathilde Blind: Widowing the world of men to win the world

Jane Bowdler: War’s deadly futility

Vera Mary Brittain: August, 1914

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

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: War’s human harvest

Caroline Clive: The bloody words of ruffian war

Elizabeth Cobbold: Earth’s bosom drenching with her children’s blood

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge: Lilies and Doves

Eliza Cook: Selections on peace and war

Eliza Cook: Crimson battlefield. When the world shall be spread with tombless dead.

Eliza Cook: I felt a shuddering horror lurk, to think I’d mingled in such work

Eliza Cook: No bloodstain lingers there. The plough and the spear.

Eliza Cook: Not where bullet, sword, and shield lie strown with the gory slain

Eliza Cook: Who can love the laurel wreath, plucked from the gory field of death?

Isabella Valancy Crawford: The Forging of the Sword

Isabella Valancy Crawford: War

Charlotte Dacre: Peace

Charlotte Dacre: War

Emily Dickinson: I many times thought Peace had come

Augusta Theodosia Drane: It needs must be that gentle Peace prevail!

Marguerite Duras: The civilizing mission

George Eliot: Tart rebuke of crude war propaganda

Emma Catherine Embury: Proud soldier turns from scenes of war

Maria Louise Eve: Disarm!

Laura Bell Everett: The Skein of Grievous War

Eleanor Farjeon: Now that you too join the vanishing armies

Eleanor Farjeon: Peace Poem

Marianne Farningham: Give Peace

Anne Finch: Enquiry After Peace

Mary Weston Fordham: Ode to Peace

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

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Flag of Peace

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

Hala Jean Hammond: War’s black hatred

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

Felicia Hemans: Selections on peace and war

Felicia Hemans: Say to the hurricane of war, – “Be still”

Felicia Hemans: Speak not of death, till thou hast looked on such

Felicia Hemans: A thousand voices echo “Peace!”

Felicia Hemans: Thousands doomed to moan, condemned by war to hopeless grief unknown

Felicia Hemans: War and Peace

Felicia Hemans: War has still ravaged o’er the blasted plain

Mary Heron: Bid brazen-throated war and discord cease

Mary Heron: Ode on the General Peace

Martha Lavinia Hoffman: The Song of Peace

Julia Ward Howe: Mother’s Day Proclamation 1870

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

Jean Ingelow: Methought the men of war were even as gods

Ellen Key: Overcoming the madness of a world at war

Harriet King: Life is Peace

Zofia Kossak: Every creature has its day. War and crocodiles.

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

Selma Lagerlöf: The mark of death was on them all

Vernon Lee: Satan’s rules of war

Lily Alice Lefevre: The Bridge of Peace

Marie Lenéru: War is not human fate

Isabella Lickbarrow: Invocation To Peace

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

Caroline Atherton Mason: Enemy, oh, let our warfare cease!

Alice Meynell: The true slayers are those who sire soldiers

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Conscientious Objector

Emily Huntington Miller: Hymn of Peace

Ruth Comfort Mitchell: He Went for a Soldier

Mary Russell Mitford: Sheath thy gory blade in peace

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

Hannah More: 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?”

Adela Florence Nicolson: Doubtless feasted the jackal and the kite

Sara Louisa Oberholtzer: The dawn of peace is breaking!

Zoé Oldenbourg: War provides a feast for the vultures

Amelia Opie: Grant, Heaven, those tears may be the last that war, detested war, shall cause!

Frances Sargent Osgood: Peace and the olive branch

Lori Petri: Battleships

Adelaide A. Procter: Let carnage cease and give us peace!

Charlotte Richardson: Once more let war and discord cease

Mary Robinson: Selections on war

Mary Robinson: Anticipate the day when ruthless war shall cease to desolate

Mary Robinson: Dread-destructive power of war

Mary Robinson: Impetuous War, the lord of slaughter

Mary Robinson: The soldier sheds, for gold, a brother’s blood

Mary Robinson: Spread once more the fostering rays of Peace

Mary Robinson: The wise shall bid, too late, the sacred olive rise

Christina Rossetti: They reap a red crop from the field. O Man, put up thy sword.

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

Vita Sackville-West: Man’s war on his fellow creatures

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

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

Anna Seward: Fierce War has wing’d the arrow that wounds my soul’s repose

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

Kate Brownlee Sherwood: This one soft whisper – Peace

Louise Morgan Sill: I am the Hell-god, War!

Edith Sitwell: Dirge for the New Sunrise

M. B. Smedley: Where is the ministry of peace?

Charlotte Turner Smith: The lawless soldiers’ victims

Charlotte Turner Smith: Statesmen! ne’er dreading a scar, let loose the demons of war

Charlotte Turner Smith: Thus man spoils Heaven’s glorious works with blood!

Charlotte Turner Smith: To bathe his savage hands in human blood

Madame de Staël: Voting for war, pronouncing their own death sentence

Sara Teasdale: Spring in War-Time

Edith Matilda Thomas: Air war: They are not humans.

Edith Matilda Thomas: The Altar of Moloch

Lucia Trent: Women of War

Lesya Ukrainka: Do you understand that word called war?

Rebecca West: The dreams of Englishwomen during war

Phillis Wheatley: From every tongue celestial Peace resounds

Margaret Widdemer: After War

Ellen Wheeler Wilcox: The Paean of Peace

Ella Wheeler Wilcox: A Plea To Peace

Jane Wilde: Peace with the Olive, and Mercy with the Palm

Helen Maria Williams: Heaven-born peace

Helen Maria Williams: Now burns the savage soul of war

Sarah Williams: Groaning for him they slew

Margaret L. Woods: The forgotten slain

Ann Yearsley: The anarchy of war

Marguerite Yourcenar: Fruits of war are food for new wars

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  1. December 14, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Thank you for all your effort!


    • richardrozoff
      December 14, 2019 at 8:48 am

      And thank you in return for your consistent support. To avoid copyright infringement problems the list had to exclude most everything written (and translated) in the last 50-75 years.


  2. mickielynn
    December 14, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Dear Rick, Thanks for reaching out. It’s good to know that you’re out there sharing resources to work against war as a solution to conflict. Will share your article’s link with the members of Women Against War who do the same work, with our website, listserve, lobbying, vigils and programs.


    • richardrozoff
      December 14, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Thank you for the generous and encouraging message and for all you and your colleagues are doing in this most important of all work.
      To avoid copyright infringement problems the list had to exclude most everything written (and translated) in the last 50-75 years.


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