Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

Shock Troops - Poem by Ernest Hemingway

Men went happily to death
But they were not the men
Who marched
For years
Up to the line.
These rode a few times
And were gone
Leaving a heritage of obscene song.


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  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/28/2016 1:32:00 PM)


    Shock Troops

    Men went happily to death
    But they were not the men
    Who marched
    For years
    Up to the line.
    These rode a few times
    And were gone
    Leaving a heritage of obscene song.

    - In Italian:

    Truppe d'assalto

    Gli uomini sono andati felicemente incontro alla morte
    Ma non erano quelli
    Che marciarono
    Anno dopo anno
    Per andare in prima linea.
    Questi l'hanno fatto un paio di volte
    E sono scomparsi
    Lasciandosi dietro canti osceni.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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