Voices in Wartime


Voices in Wartime

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Poetry has long been a medium that has communicated the concerns of the heart and mind during times of crisis, and one subject that has motivated many poets to reach for their pen is war. Many of the world's great poets have written eloquently about the violence and madness of armed conflict, among them Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Wilfred Owen, Sherman Pearl, and Siegfried Sassoon among many others, and in 2003, when Laura Bush invited a group of poets to visit the White House for a symposium on American verse, author Sam Hamill responded by founding an activist group called Poets Against the War, and persuaded many of the participants to contribute verse that denounced American military policy. Filmmaker Rick King has examined the link between poetry and anti-war protest in the documentary Voices in Wartime, which looks at how many writers have used their poems as a vehicle of protest, the events that promoted poets to speak out, and how the tragic consequences have inspired both experienced and novice writers alike.


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  • Stodgily structured by intercutting grisly stock footage with talking heads and muddy videos of Poets Against the War events, Voices in Wartime isn't nearly as cinematically inspiring as many of the poets it brings to light.

    Apr 15, 2005 | Full Review…
  • An overview of the historic relationship between war and poetry.

    Apr 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • An important new documentary that looks at the ways in which poetry helps people come to terms with conflict.

    Apr 15, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A stirring testament to the search for meaning.

    Apr 15, 2005
  • Voices in Wartime is a thoughtful, provocative exploration of the ways poets have dealt with the experience of battle throughout history.

    Apr 14, 2005 | Full Review…
  • It's interesting that, in a documentary about war poetry that supplements literary readings with the occasional use of exceedingly bloody archival war footage, the words more than hold their own against the pictures.

    Apr 14, 2005 | Full Review…

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