“The war to end all wars” they said
And were naively believed
By those who now are honorably dead
Never knowing they were deceived
Wars are peddled with promised glory
With patriotic fervor, wars are sold
To those who die in warring gory
Without their right of growing old
For future generations, I’ve great concern
They needn’t set their world ablaze
For their survival they must discern
The peaceful road to better days
The peaceful road to better days Sir, you are right and appreciated and respected.
Why does it say by Stanley Cooper if Edgar Allen Poe wrote it YEARS ago?
Edgar Allen poe died 60 years before ww1 (The war to end all wars is a nickname for ww1) , so I ask how could he have written the poem before the war even began?
“The war to end all wars” they said The poem is my favourite now. The poet has put across the travesty of claims made by the countries at war with one another. This can serve as a case against war. Thanks, Dear Poet. And were naively believed By those who now are honorably dead
I agree with your thoughts. WW1 cost Australia 60,000 dead out of 400,000 enlisted.
Brilliant poem, well said.
the peaceful road to better days-a very beautiful poem...
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem
Great stuff Stan, so true, we perpetuate war through its fanfare and celebration, to the flag waving, the grave marking, pomp and festoonery, the ones who never fight start wars and then hide in plain sight.