Sunday 12 April 2015

Sunday WW1 Poet...

The theme for this month's WW1 poems 


Literary Figures 

Those poets who are perhaps better known for their stories

Edith Nesbit


 1838 - 1924

The Fields Of Flanders

Last year the fields were all glad and gay
With silver daisies and silver may;
There were kingcups gold by the river's edge
And primrose stars under every hedge.

This year the fields are trampled and brown,
The hedges are broken and beaten down,
And where the primroses used to grow
Are little black crosses set in a row.

And the flower of hopes, and the flowers of dreams,
The noble, fruitful, beautiful schemes,
The tree of life with its fruit and bud,
Are trampled down in the mud and the blood.

The changing seasons will bring again
The magic of Spring to our wood and plain:
Though the Spring be so green as never was seen
The crosses will still be black in the green.

The God of battles shall judge the foe
Who trampled our country and laid her low . . .
God! hold our hands on the reckoning day,
Lest all we owe them we should repay.

Written in 1915

Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet. She wrote many novels for children and adults but perhaps she is best known for; Five Children and It (1902), and The Railway Children (1906)

Nesbit lived a colourful and active life while writing her poems, plays, short stories, fiction and non-fiction. With elements of fantasy, time travel and spies, fairy tales and magic, her children's stories are a reflection of her idyllic childhood days and travels through England, France, and Germany. 



  1. Such a sadness in there, whilst commenting on the best season of the year. I didn't know she wrote verse as well as her books. Thanks Josie.

  2. I agree Susan - such a sad concept to discover life going on around you when there was such sadness.

    Edith Nesbit was a prolific writer but I've only ever known her as the author of children's stories.


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