Poems of the Great War: An Anthology 1914-1918 by Christopher Navratil

By Christopher Navratil

This assortment that includes approximately 50 memorable poems from the superior writers of the time: Rupert Brooke, Siegried Sasson, Wilfred Owen, Ivan Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, Richard Aldington, Edward Thomas, and plenty of extra. Vividly expressing the ravages of battle fought at the entrance traces, their poems are probably the most strong and poignant works of the 20 th century.

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There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England’s, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. indd 34 11/19/13 11:44 AM The Soldier 35 And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

Indd 56 11/19/13 11:44 AM 57 The Owl But one telling me plain what I escaped And others could not, that night, as in I went. ❖❖❖ And salted was my food, and my repose, Salted and sobered, too, by the bird’s voice Speaking for all who lay under the stars, Soldiers and poor, unable to rejoice. indd 59 11/19/13 11:44 AM When First Edward Thomas When first I came here I had hope, Hope for I knew not what. indd 60 11/19/13 11:44 AM 61 When First Only by scaling its steps of chalk Would see something no other hill Ever disclosed.

Perhaps I may love other hills yet more Than this: the future and the maps Hide something I was waiting for. indd 63 11/19/13 11:44 AM 64 Edward Thomas One thing I know, that love with chance And use and time and necessity Will grow, and louder the heart’s dance At parting than at meeting be.

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