Robert Graves: Even its opponents don’t survive war

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Robert Graves: A certain cure for lust of blood

Robert Graves: Recalling the last war, preparing for the next

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Robert Graves
From Good-Bye to All That (1929)

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My mother used to tell us stories of inventors and doctors who gave their lives to the service of humanity…She kept off the subject of war as much as possible; always finding it difficult to explain how it was God permitted wars. The Boer War clouded my early childhood…

One of my last recollections at Charterhouse is a school debate on the motion ‘that this house is in favour of compulsory military service.’ The Empire-Service League, with Earl Roberts of Kandahar, V.C., as its President, sent down a propagandist in support. Only six votes out of one hundred and nineteen were noes. I was the principle opposition speaker against the motion, having recently…

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