The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28705819
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.