In flanders fields and other poems about war
In Flanders Fields: And Other Poems of the First World War by Brian BusbyThis anthology is a little different from others in that the men who wrote the poems would rather not have had their work published here. In order to have a poem published in this mix you had to satisfy two criteria: 1) you had to write about WWI; and 2) you had to have died during that conflict. The editor was able to find thirty such poets!
Some of the names in here will be instantly familiar. Names like John McCrae, who penned what is probably the most easily recognizable WWI poem In Flanders Fields. And Wilfred Owen, whose Dulce et Decorum Est could be a contender for best WWI poem. And Joyce Kilmer! Jesus, Joyce Kilmer!! I had no idea! I remember memorizing his poem Trees in grade school. I had no idea he had been killed in the Great War. Hell, I had no idea he was even a man, as I had never met anyone by name of Joyce who had the biological requirements for manhood.
I wont go into any quotes from poems, as the subject matter will be predictable: death, lost friends, wonder whos kissing her now, cruel enemies and blundering bosses. Most of the poetry I had encountered before in other publications. What got me was this: WWI wasted the lives of what was probably the most literate generation ever to stalk the planet. I was shocked to learn that not less than six world-class poets died in the Battle of the Somme alone! Six!! In one battle! At least as many died at Ypres, but since there were something like three battles for Ypres that statistic may be less staggering. I doubt that one soldier in ten serving today would be able to read and understand the sentiments these doomed wordsmiths consigned to paper. Thirty doomed poets in this book, and its just a sampling.
Mr Busby was kind enough to illustrate his book with WWI artwork, and generously provided both an Index of Titles and an Index of First Lines. Best of all, he provided a brief biography of each poet including place and manner of death. A nice little book, well-planned and very nicely laid out.
Poppies for Remembrance? John McCrae “In Flanders Fields”
Despite the passage of time, Canadian Lt. McCrae, who was born and raised in Guelph, Ont. He was inspired to write his famous poem in May , after the combat death of a close friend, Lieut. Alexis Helmer. The simple, clear emotions contained in his text could apply to anyone suffering a loss, said Fraser.
Posted by Dr. Ingrid Kerkhoff Sep 4, Poetry 0. Why the poppies? The poem appeared anonymously in Punch on December 8, For more information about McCrae see John Peddie.
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McCrae later became a casualty of the war, dying in January
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In Flanders Fields and Other Poems Themes
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. This is seen through the motif of passing on the torch. This is clearly seen in the optimistic quote "To you we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. The poems convey the tragic loss of life in war. They focus on soldiers who were once fit, healthy and eager to serve, who tragically died in service. This is apparent in haunting quotes such as "We are the Dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow," and "We will onward till we fall.