Tag Archives: Alan Seeger

SILENCE FILLED WITH VIVID NOISELESS BOYS

After graduation and on the eve of his embarkation for France as a “gentleman volunteer” ambulance driver,John ┬áDos Passos’s letters almost exploded with rebellion. “I have been spending my time of late going to pacifist meetings and being dispersed by … Continue reading

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LIKE CATCHING FALLING KNIVES

…The first thing that you found about the dead was that, hit badly enough, they died like animals. Some quickly from a little wound you would not think would kill a rabbit. They died from little wounds as rabbits die … Continue reading

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THE PATTER ON YOUR OLD TIN HAT

The Bugle sings: “Go to sleep! Go to sleep! Slumber well where the shells screamed and fell. Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor, You will not need them any more. Danger’s past; Now at last, Go to sleep.” … Continue reading

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LAUGHTER OUT OF DEAD BELLIES

Even before America had entered World War One, death had become a romantic subject for the new generation of American writers. The notion spread that it was the inevitable fate of men in the trenches, and writers then in college … Continue reading

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