Born in Yorkshire and the son of a farmer, Herbert Read’s studies at the University of Leeds were interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. He served with the Yorkshire Regiment in France and Belgium and in 1918 was awarded both the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. Read wrote two volumes of poetry based upon his war experiences: Songs of Chaos (1915) and Naked Warriors (1919).

My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline, even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as the first essential for success.

┬áHerbert Read’s Poems:

Meditation of a Dying German Officer [Poetrynook.com]