Lest We Forget, and Reading Status for 25 April 2013

The Ode comes from ‘For the Fallen’, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914. The verse, which became the League Ode was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.

 

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.

 

– Th –


Picture from http://www.halleethehomemaker.com/

 

The Red Poppy was first described as the ‘Flower of Remembrance’ by Colonel John McCrae, who penned the famous poem “In Flanders’ Fields” during his time as a surgeon assigned to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade in Ypres.

 

In Flanders’ Fields

In Flanders’ Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders’ Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders’ Fields.

 

– Th –

 

– Th –

Phew!  Got the latest instalment of ‘Sayeh and Zia’ posted with 30 seconds to spare…

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2 responses

  1. Poppies also cause people to fail drug tests, according to the TV show, “Seinfeld”. Well, poppy seeds. But, that wouldn’t be a good topic for a poem, would it?

    1. Certainly not a war poem, but for a humorous druggie poem it would be quite useful =)

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