World War I British Poets
It seems ironic that it takes the sensitivity of poets to express the horrors of war. Politicians will not because they gain more power; industrialists will not because they gain more money. The British poets who suffered in the trenches that bordered No-Man's Land tell the sad story of the bloodshed and carnage. World War I brought with it a disillusionment of the accepted belief in the innate goodness of mankind, and soon writers began to abandon the romantic themes of optimism to dwell on pessimism. You will see this theme expressed as the loss of pastoral and rural innocence, which is now replaced by a barrenness. Later, the modern writers will recognize this barrenness in social and spiritual affairs, but will try to solve the moral dearth by offering socialism as the answer.