What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War by Roger Stevens, Brian Moses

What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War

Written by Roger Stevens, Brian Moses
Illustrated by Nicola L. Robinson
Part of the Macmillan Poetry Series

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Wide- ranging and thoughtful, this anthology of poems by award-winning poets Roger Stevens and Brian Moses captures the many different aspects of war. Divided into three sections the first of which focuses on different aspects of World War 1, the second on World War 2 and the third on more recent wars such as the Vietnam war and the current war on terror. Though their poems Roger Stevens and Brian Moses convey the powerful range of emotions which swirl around all those taking part while also considering the impact of conflicts of all kinds on the lives of everyone even if they are only on the edges of the experience.


What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War by Roger Stevens, Brian Moses

What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Man's Land; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee, poems about modern warfare and the reality of war today; plus lots of amazing true historical facts. This cross-curricular poetry book is a brilliant way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.


This is an accessible way for children to gain an introduction to war poetry and the valuable insights it provides. Ponder over the poems and what they can teach us. parentsintouch.co.uk

These two poets are well known not only for their poetry books for children but also for the workshops they run in schools, libraries and at festivals. So they are extremely well qualified to create these poems about war for young readership. The School Librarian

This contemporary collection provides a lyrical insight into the poetry of war, most evident in some of Brian Moses poems about the First World War with their Larkin-esque evocation of lost youth and misplaced optimism. The Guardian

The range of everyday voices that inhabit poems makes the poetry accessible which enables the young reader to grasp something of the nature of these terrible events for themselves. Carousel

About the Author

Brian Moses has been labelled 'one of Britain's favourite children's poets' by the National Poetry Archive and has worked as a professional poet since 1988. He performs his poetry and percussion show in schools, libraries, theatres and festivals around the UK and overseas. He has written or edited over 200 books and has sold over one million copies of his poetry books and anthologies for Macmillan including A Cat Called Elvis and his 'best of' collection, Behind the Staffroom Door. www.brianmoses.co.uk Roger Stevens is a children's author and poet who visits schools, libraries and festivals performing and running workshops. His books for Macmillan include Why Otters Don't Wear Socks, The Jumble Book, compiled for Dyslexia Action and Beware! Low Flying Rabbits - a solo collection of children's poems. Roger also runs the Poetry Zone, a website for children and teachers: www.poetryzone.co.uk Brian Moses and Roger Stevens have also collaborated on Aliens Stole My Underpants, The Truth about Parents, The Truth about Teachers, and Olympic Poems 100% Unofficial for Macmillan Children's Books.

He lives in Sussex with his wife and two daughters.

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112 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

30th January 2014




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