Author(s): Mustafa GÜLLÜBA
Abstract This study basically focuses on the women’s liberation and World War I Poetry by Turkish and English Women. World War I is an important event in the world history both in terms of violence and destruction, and the rights and privileges women had after the end of it. The war efforts of women found an ample space in poetry made by women. Their worries, anxiety, anguish and suffering as mothers, wives, lovers and fiancés delineate different pictures. Apart form being a mother and wife, women as the life giving part of humankind developed complex attitudes in the face of this destructive war. Some supported war, some completely rejected it. Some wanted to take part in the actual fighting some gave support form home. But one thing was certain at the end of the war that women had found their place out of the house. The poetry by women shows some different character in terms of war imagery and observation of the war. As they were kept away from the actual battle field their imagery is only limited to their imagination and they observe it as a vengeance of nature from men for their wrongdoings to the women. This study reveals the reasons why women were systematically kept away from battlefields and why their war imagery looks naïve compared to that of actual combatants.