Category Archive: Featured Poems

Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas

PERSPECTIVES OF POETRY Edward Thomas enlisted and fought because he loved his country, in every way – even though he knew, prophetically, that going overseas would almost certainly cost him his life. He gave up his future happiness with his wife, Helen, and their children, for his England and a way of life which he […]

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W N Hodgson

William Noel Hodgson

Born: 3rd January, 1893 – Died: 1st July, 1916 From his birth in Gloucestershire and subsequent upbringing in Northumberland, William Noel Hodgson quickly learned and developed tolerance and understanding as well as consideration for others and a love of his natural surroundings. At Durham School he was a popular and successful student, as well as […]

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Before Action by W N Hodgson

Before Action by W N Hodgson poster

May 1915 by Charlotte Mew

May 1915 by Charlotte Mew poster

For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon

Poppies in field at dusk

Date: September 1914 With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres. There is music in the […]

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Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon

Born in Lancaster on 10th August 1869, Laurence Binyon was the second of the nine children of Frederick and Mary Binyon, who both came from Quaker families and Frederick was the vicar of Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire. Laurence was awarded a scholarship to St Paul’s School, London and then went on to Trinity College, Oxford. He was […]

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The Call by Jessie Pope

The Call by Jessie Pope

This poem shares a similar theme with much of Pope’s other work, particularly Who’s for the Game? Here, she levels accusations of cowardice against those who choose not to enlist. She gives enlistment and fighting an air of jollity, which seems heartless and unrealistic but which was not uncommon at the beginning of the war.

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In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

John McCrae in uniform circa 1914

In Flanders Fields Date: May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were […]

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