Richard E. Lee Remembered
Life Stories of Civil
Voices from the Fields
Olive Through the Ages
Gordon T. McClelland Art and
The Slackjaw Bros.
County Historical Society
Voices from the Fields: Poetry and Sketches
of the Great War pays tribute to soldiers and poets of the Great
War—World War One—the war that, in the innocent thinking
of that era, was believed by many would end all wars.
The Great War would forever change not only the lives of those affected
by that war, but the lives of those living today, nearly a century
after the first shots were fired in August 1914. By the end of the
war in November 1918, the romanticism expressed by the phrase "Dulce
et decorum est pro patria mori" ("It is sweet and fitting
to die for one's country") would be replaced by a cynicism
that would remain in our collective mind to this day.
The poetry featured at this site reflects the thoughts and feelings
of soldiers and civilians of the Great War they experienced. A modern
study of the battlefields and soldiers of that era also is presented
as sketches by writer and historian Brian Pohanka.
It is my hope that this site provides insight into the life and
times of the Great War era. Perhaps through the images and words
presented here, a new consciousness will arise to bring about an
understanding of not only the peoples of that age, but of ourselves
and the era in which we live. May we be awake in our waking life,
not asleep as the dead, as poet-soldier Wilfred Owen observed in
his poem "Asleep":
his deeper sleep lie shaded by the shaking
Of great wings, and the thoughts that hung
High-pillowed on calm pillows of God's making,
Above these clouds, these rains, these sleets of lead,
And these winds' scimitars,
—Or whether yet his thin and sodden head
Confuse more and more with the low mould,
His hair being one with the grey grass
Of finished fields, and wire-scrags rusty-old,
Who knows? Who hopes? Who troubles? Let it pass!
He sleeps. He sleeps less tremulous, less cold,
Than we who wake, and waking say Alas!
This site is located at http://dragoon1st.tripod.com/ww1/index.html