"I came out in order to help these boys-- directly by leading them as well as an officer can; indirectly, by watching their sufferings that I may speak of them as well as a pleader can. I have done the first."
"My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity."
"All a poet can do today is warn. "
"You said it would be a good thing for my poetry if I went back. That is my consolation for feeling a fool."
- Letter to Siegfried Sassoon
" lost all my earthly faculties, and I fought like an angel . . . I captured a German Machine Gun and scores of prisoners . . . I only shot one man with my revolver . . . My nerves are in perfect order."