Ella Wheeler Wilcox: Women and War

For peace, against war: literary selections

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

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

Ellen Wheeler Wilcox: The Paean ofPeace

Ella Wheeler Wilcox: A Plea To Peace

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Women and War

We women teach our little sons how wrong
And how ignoble blows are; school and church
Support our precepts, and inoculate
The growing minds with thoughts of love and peace.
“Let dogs delight to bark and bite,” we say;
But human beings with immortal souls
Must rise above the methods of the brute,
And walk with reason and with self-control.

And then? dear God! you men, you wise, strong men,
Our self-announced superiors in brain,
Our peers in judgment, you go forth to war!
You leap at one another, mutilate
And starve and kill your fellowmen, and ask
The world’s applause for such heroic deeds.
You boast and…

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