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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter discusses passivity and suffering, looking at attributing meaning to the predictable accidental deaths and collateral damages that are produced by total war. It then examines the poets' efforts to locate meaning in the fates of those who can only stand and wait, namely civilians. The chapter looks at the contributions of blunderers to the totalizing of warfare and the decided policy of bombing entire enemy towns, as well as the shift from the soldier to the civilians as the focus of war. It also takes a look at poetry that uses the viewpoint of aircrews and pilots and outlines what some civilian-related poems had to go through in order to be considered as war poetry.

Keywords: passivity, suffering, accidental deaths, collateral damages, total war, civilians, air war, war poetry, civilian-related poems, blunderers

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