The World Wars had a devastating impact on the soldiers and citizens that lived and suffered through them. They stood a tremendous toll physically, mentally, and emotionally. For many, if it was even possible, an escape was needed. Any outlet that could provide a way to cope with and verbalize their experiences was an endeavor worth undertaking. The arts, especially poetry, was a way those within the wartime eras could express and process what they had endured.
Donnell, Margaret Ann, "Floral Imagery within Wartime Era Poetry: How Its Usage Transforms Memory and Remembrance" (2018). History Class Publications. 57.