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Masoud Keshavarz

Masoud Keshavarz

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6585-2752
Education: PhD.
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University


The Voice of Peace in War Poetry: A Comparative Deconstructive Reading of Wilfred Owen’s and Qeysar Aminpour's Selected War Poems
war, peace, war poetry, Wilfred Owen, Qeysar Aminpour, American Comparative Literature, Derrida, Deconstructive theories
Researchers Masoud Keshavarz(PrimaryAdvisor)، Habibollah Khezri Gheheh(Student)


Wilfred Owen and Qeysar Aminpour were two of the first war poets in their own countries who unlike their predecessors, criticized war in their war poetry. Complaining about war and seeking peace seem the major common features in war poems of these two poets. This study investigated the issue of peace in war poetry of Owen and Aminpour, and looked for the similarities and probable differences between them. This is a qualitative, descriptive research on the basis of American Comparative Literature, and the analysis of the poems is based on the premises of deconstructive theories and its major figures like Derrida. The researcher, firstly, examined the war poems of Wilfred Owen and Qeysar Aminpour, separately, to investigate the issue of peace in selected war poems of each of them, to illustrate the features of each poet’s war poetry, and to prove the hypothesis of this study which was the existence of the voice of peace in these two poets’ war poems; and then, compared and contrasted the two poets’ works with each other to find the common features between the two, and the different characteristics which are specific to each poet’s works. The study displays these similarities that, both Owen and Aminpour’s war poems are elegiacal, and they exhibit the real and first-hand experiences of their poets, both compare war to ugly and unpleasant things, both are antiwar, and both seek a pervasive and multidimensional peace. We also, observed some differences between the two poet’s works, like the different rate of antiwar poems to epical poems, the facts that each poet focuses on some special and different areas of war and concentrates on some different damages of war, and, also, the poets’ different view of the soldiers and the different treatment of them. Finally, we saw that, despite the occasional differences between the two poets’ war poetry, in almost all Owen’s war poetry, and many of Aminpour’s war poems, through the exhibition of real and violent scenes of war and its