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Frederic Manning: Grotesque

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

British writers on peace and war

Frederic Manning: War poems

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Frederic Manning
Grotesque

These are the damned circles Dante trod,
Terrible in hopelessness,
But even skulls have their humour,
An eyeless and sardonic mockery:
And we,
Sitting with streaming eyes in the acrid smoke,
That murks our foul, damp billet,
Chant bitterly, with raucous voices
As a choir of frogs
In hideous irony, our patriotic songs.

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