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August 1914 by May Wedderburn Cannan

The sun rose over the sweep of the hill All bare for the gathered hay, And a blackbird sang by the window-sill, And a girl knelt down to pray: ‘Whom Thou hast kept through the night, O Lord, Keep Thou … Continue reading

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The Silent Generation by Louis Simpson

When Hitler was the Devil He did as he had sworn With such enthusiasm That even, donnerwetter, The Germans say, “Far better Had he been never born!” It was my generation That put the Devil down With great enthusiasm. But … Continue reading

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Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon

If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath I’d live with scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum heroes up the line to death. You’d see me with my puffy petulant face, Guzzling and gulping in the … Continue reading

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A Death-Bed by Rudyard Kipling

“This is the State above the Law. The State exists for the State alone.” [This is a gland at the back of the jaw, And an answering lump by the collar-bone.] Some die shouting in gas or fire; Some die … Continue reading

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Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

You may talk o’ gin and beer When you’re quartered safe out ’ere, An’ you’re sent to penny-fights an’ Aldershot it; But when it comes to slaughter You will do your work on water, An’ you’ll lick the bloomin’ boots … Continue reading

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The Poet As Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

You’ve heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, Mocking and loathing War: you’ve asked me why Of my old, silly sweetness I’ve repented— My ecstasies changed to an ugly cry. You are aware that once I sought the Grail, Riding in … Continue reading

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The Cherry Trees by Edward Thomas

The cherry trees bend over and are shedding On the old road where all that passed are dead, Their petals, strewing the grass as for a wedding This early May morn when there is none to wed. Edward Thomas 1878–1917 … Continue reading

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