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The term "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" clearly lacks the necessary musical quality that would contribute to the pleasing rhythms of poetry. However there is no doubt that the melancholy that is generated by the malady launched a million poems throughout the course of the last century, which was to date, the bloodiest yet (our fingers are crossed for the current century). Most often remembered for her anti-war verses, Lady Margaret Sackville (1881 1963) penned this diddly about that legion of crushed and broken men returned to their wives after the First World War and how unrecognizable they seemed:

"You cannot speak to us nor we reply:

You learnt a different language where men die..."


CLICK HERE... to read one man's account of his struggle with shell shock...

Read more poetry from World War I...

1929 was the year many of the finest W.W. I books were published...


A W.W. I  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Poem (The English Review, 1920)

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