"The ‘war poet’ and ‘war poetry’, observed Robert Graves in 1942, were ‘terms first used in World War I and perhaps peculiar to it’. From Anglo-Saxon times to the Boer War, war poetry in English was written largely by civilians and did not have a clearly defined identity; with the extraordinary outpouring between 1914 and 1918, it established itself as a genre and the soldier-poet became a species." (Das, 2014)
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Seamus Heaney (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013)
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by Seamus Heaney
‘We were killing pigs when the
A Tuesday morning, sunlight
Outside the slaughter house.
From the main road
They would have heard the screaming,
Then heard it stop and had a view of us
In our gloves and aprons coming
Down the hill.
Two lines of them, guns on their
Armoured cars and tanks and open jeeps.
Sunburnt hands and arms.
Unarmed, in step,
Hosting for Normandy.
Not that we knew then
Where they were headed, standing
There like youngsters
As they tossed us gum and tubes of
Source: Heaney, S. (XXXX) Testimony. Retrieved from https://engpoetry.com/seamus-heaney/testimony/
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In text citation: (Ecclestone, 2013) or Ecclestone (2013)
Bibliography / Reference list:Ecclestone, C. (2013). Testimony by Seamus Heaney: Read by Christopher Ecclestone. Channel 4. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/KEBHvdeEJqA