The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One

The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One

Britain and the Western World was preparing for the Great War for well over thirty years, so it comes as little surprise that the media was ready to play it’s part. The day after the war was ‘reluctantly’ declared, English newspapers published what was to be the first in a series of poems in praise of extrmem nationalism, jingoistic ideology and ultimately the old adage of ‘Dulce et Decorum est, Pro Patria Mori; it is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country!’

The Vigil by Sir Henry Newbolt was carried in The Times

England: where the sacred flame

Burns before the inmost shrine,

Where the lips that love thy name

Consecrate their hopes and thine,

Where the banners of thy dead

Weave their shadows overhead.

Watch beside thine arms to-night,

Pray that God defend the Right.

About eamonntgardiner

Dr. Eamonn T. Gardiner, is a Consulting Historian. He has previously conducted research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans of the First World War serving as Auxiliary Policemen, during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. He has written extensively on British central and colonial administrative responses to popular insurgencies. In 2009 he published 'Counterinsurgency and Conflict: Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War (CSP, 2009).' Published papers include; 'The training of the Irish Volunteers, 1913-1916' (The Irish Sword, 2017); 'Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out: War and Counterinsurgency in the greater Tuam area, 1919-1921' (JOTS, 2015). Research interests include De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism; Insurgency, Police/Military Histories; Institutional Histories; Modern Irish/World History; History of Conflict, Protectorates and Peace-Keeping; Hegemony; Old and New Terrorism.
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1 Response to The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One

  1. johncoyote says:

    Thank you for the article.

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