24 war poetry

24 war poetry - Three Poems from the First World War...

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Three Poems from the First World War (1914-18) The First World War arguably produced more moving poetry than any other conflict in history. Ewart Mackintosh and Wilfred Owen were both British officers. Each man won the Military Cross (the third-highest award for gallantry in the British army), each was wounded, each returned to the trenches, and each was finally killed in action. The telegram announcing Owen’s death reached his mother as the bells in the village church were ringing in celebration of the Armistice. Rudyard Kipling did not serve in the war, but his son Jack was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915. Several years passed before Kipling and his wife would concede that Jack was really dead. 1. Ewart Mackintosh, “ In Memoriam ” (1916) So you were David's father, And he was your only son, And the new-cut peats are rotting And the work is left undone, Because of an old man weeping, Just an old man in pain, For David, his son David, That will not come again. Oh, the letters he wrote you,
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