Category Archive: Poems

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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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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