Sunday, 8 March 2015

Sunday WW1 Poem...

The theme for this month's WW1 poetry is


Home




Elegy in a Country Churchyard

by

G K Chesterton

1874- 1936




The men that worked for England
They have their graves at home:
And bees and birds of England
About the cross can roam.


But they that fought for England,
Following a falling star,
Alas, alas for England
They have their graves afar.


And they that rule in England,
In stately conclave met,
Alas, alas for England,
They have no graves as yet.




Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an English writer, philosopher, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, and biographer. 



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4 comments:

  1. I forgot to say that I love reading your poetry selection on here, brings it all back.

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    1. Thanks Josa. Glad you enjoy my selections.

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  2. I wasn't expecting that slap in the third verse! This is a great choice, poignant and dignified but with that obvious anger at the unfairness of the losses too.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Stephanie. I quite agree that the poem is dignified in its anger...it's one of my favourite poems.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - Jaffa and I appreciate your interest.