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DISCOVER GALLIPOLI POETRY
Joined: 13 Feb 2013
Posted: 30 Dec 2016 at 07:03
When Wilfred Owen died in 1918 at the age of twenty-five, only five of his poems
had been published..
But how many other poets of the Great War do you know of, particularly those who wrote about the Gallipoli campaign? Does even a mention of the word ‘poetry’ immediately bring down the shutters?
If you’d like to find out more, banish those prejudices and discover the wealth of poetry that exists about Gallipoli, I send out at irregular intervals what I, incorrectly, call ‘Today’s Gallipoli Poem.’
It consists of poems, verse, doggerel, some ordinary, most good, a few great concerned with War, primarily the Dardanelles campaign, send me your email address. There is no catch!
Here is a sample
A Night Attack
Be still. The bleeding night is in suspense
Of watchful agony and coloured thought,
And every beating vein and trembling sense,
Long-tired with time, is pitched and overwrought.
And for the eye,
The darkness holds strange forms.
Soft movements in the leaves, and wicked glows
That wait and peer. The whole black landscape
With shapes of white and grey that no one knows;
And for the ear, a sound, a pause, a breath.
The hand has touched the slimy face of death.
The mind is raking at the ragged past.
……A sound of rifles rattles from the south,
and startled orders move from mouth to mouth.
The Victor Heroes.Saffron Walden in the Great War
For Still We Hear Them Singing - Poems; ISBN-10: 1781489106 - ISBN-13: 978-1781489109
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