Women Writers Respond to the War

Just as men did during the war, women wrote about their experiences. While many men wrote about the concern of leaving loved ones behind, women wrote of the anguish of loss of husbands, sons and lovers, or of the angst of wondering if they would return. They also wrote about their work—patching the wounded and dying and the work they did on the home front to support the war. The range of voices was wide. As you will see shortly, many notable female writers lent their voices to their professional male counterparts. The poems that follow were written by women who were not recognized as professional writers, though their voices ring clear to the subjects of which they write.