The Soldier's Poem

Discussion in 'Reading & Writing' started by John Donovan, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. John Donovan

    John Donovan Active Member

    Feb 21, 2015
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    I find this poem really touching, and I think it manages to summarize how a soldier feels in 4 verses.

    "And When he gets to heaven,
    To Saint Peter he will tell;
    One more Marine reporting, sir.
    I've served my time in Hell!"

    Additionally, I think that this variation is even more touching, as it shows true friendship and camaraderie:

    "And when he gets to Heaven,
    To St Peter he will tell;
    My brothers are still down there sir,
    I'm going back to hell"

    You will have to excuse the horrible formatting, but I got them off different sources, so it's all messed up.
    What do you think about this poem? What's your favorite war poem?
  2. Lydia Williams


    Apr 10, 2015
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    I agree - both versions of the poem are very moving. It's hard to choose a favourite war poem. I quite like (well perhaps like isnt the right word) Wilfred Owen's poetry. It really shows the true reality of war, even if it is a tad unsettling to read.

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