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Wars

Words, puffs of expelled air
Against the fires of wars.    
  Who can hear
  The whispers of peace
Cannons, rockets, drowning out    
  Hushed reason.

We praise the wounded soldier,
For that suffices
To justify the mangled bodies.
We mourn the dead in battle
Rescuing our bruised conscience
From the abyss of whys
Of our insane pastime.
Rush headlong,
Bettering our bombs
Improving our weapons,
Shed, while checking army contracts,
A superfluous tear
For those … less fortunate
Then conclude our business
And cheer on the troops.

A. de Paoli

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Contrasting Views

"Literalism is a feature of boorish translators." Cicero "The clumsiest literal translation is a thousand times more useful than the prettiest paraphrase." Nabokov

The Faerie Queene

"John Ashbery said reading the Faerie Queene was like reading an endless beautiful comic strip." Kenneth Koch

Sigmund Freud

"Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me."

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