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Red Flower: Poems Written in War Time

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Red Flower: Poems Written in War Time by Henry van Dyke is a hauntingly beautiful collection of poetry that captures the tumultuous emotions of individuals caught in the chaos of war. Van Dyke's words are both poignant and powerful, offering a glimpse into the harsh realities of conflict and the human experiences that come with it.

Each poem in this collection is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit, as well as a reminder of the devastating impact that war can have on individuals and societies. Van Dyke's language is evocative and emotive, drawing readers in and immersing them in the raw emotions of the time.

What makes Red Flower stand out is the author's ability to capture the complexities of war in such a poetic and lyrical way. His words are both heartbreaking and hopeful, serving as a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of compassion and understanding in times of strife.

Overall, Red Flower is a deeply moving and thought-provoking collection that will resonate with readers long after they have put it down. Henry van Dyke's poetic talent shines brightly in this work, making it a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the realities of war through the lens of poetry.

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These are verses that came to me in this dreadful war time amid the cares and labors of a heavy task.

Two of the poems, "A Scrap of Paper" and "Stand Fast," were written in 1914 and bore the signature Civis Americanus—the use of my own name at the time being impossible. Two others, "Lights Out" and "Remarks about Kings," were read for me by Robert Underwood Johnson at the meeting of the American Academy in Boston, November, 1915, at which I was unable to be present.

The rest of the verses were printed after I had resigned my diplomatic post and was free to say what I thought and felt, without reserve.

The "Interludes in Holland" are thoughts of the peaceful things that will abide for all the world after we have won this war against war.

SYLVANORA, October 1, 1917.

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