Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PEACE, by LOUIS UNTERMEYER



Poetry Explorer

Classic and Contemporary Poetry

PEACE, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: At peace'? The world has never been at peace
Last Line: And peace no slothful, placid mockery.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lewis, Michael
Subject(s): Social Protest; War


(The Fisheries dispute having been amicably compromised, the world is at
peace again.
....News Despatch.)

'AT Peace'? The world has never been at peace—
Its wars are never-ending; there is naught
In all its battles like these overwrought
And storming hours with their dark increase.
The cities roar; in every street one sees
Women and children, battle-wounded, caught.—
No slaves, no shattered hosts have ever fought
So bitterly, so hopeless of release...
Well, if it must be war, take up the sword,
Facing the world with grim and savage glee;
And, with the courage of a Faith restored,
Strike till the darkness falters, and we see
That liberty is no mere gaudy word,
And peace no slothful, placid mockery.





Discover our Poem Explanations and Poet Analyses!


Other Poems of Interest...



Home: PoetryExplorer.net