Comment 2 of 2, added on November 11th, 2012 at 8:44 PM.
Maktoob - the poem
This was written during WWI by Alan Seeger who was killed in France (the
Western Front) According to Seeger it means "Tis Written". One would have
to ask a scholar who speaks Arabic if that is a true translation. As to
being surprised by hostile fire - the man was a poet not a career soldier.
Neva from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on January 3rd, 2011 at 4:15 PM.
I have no idea what the word Maktoob means,or what meaning it adds to the
poem. I am not sure what war ( theater) he was in,I was never surprised by
hostile fire from the enemy while hauling the marines to the beaches while
in navy, in the Pacific, in WW2.
from United States