The title actually comes from me reading 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen. I was googling WWI poets and he was one that came up. I read him ages ago, but I don't really seek out and read poetry enough to call myself an expert on his poetry. I just was looking for WWI-related stuff. It's hard to believe this poem didn't stick with me more. It is graphic and descriptive of the events of WWI. I have always paid more attention to WWII than WWI. I think it was because several of my relatives had lived through that and were still alive when I was growing up. It is gaining popularity right now because the 100th anniversary is not too far away.
Then I moved on to 'Here Dead We Lie'. It is by A E Housman. It ends with the line 'And we were young'. You can't help pausing and thinking just how young. The sign-up age was 18, but kids lied and joined in anyway. It was definitely a different time. I wonder often how the same situation would be handled in this day and age. Kids are used to a very different lifestyle. Would they rush to join up? Lie about their ages? It's something I hope we never have to test...
Another poem that I had on my mind was written in response to 'In Flanders Fields'. I included the original poem on my post the other day. I honestly only knew that one existed and racked my brain trying to think of how it goes. It turns out that there are lots of responses to the famous poem. It was interesting to read poems written over the years in response to a scribbled few lines on a battlefield. Every year when Remembrance Day comes around I get another poem in my mind. It is a considerable amount longer, but it is actually the fourth stanza that I always remember:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.You can read the full seven stanzas here.
Share your own War Remembrance poems below. I look forward to the posts!