Poems of the Great War


Read by Bruce Kachuk

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At a time when the need for courage and tenacity of the British people was at its peak, these poems published at the outset of the First World War emerged as an attempt to bolster the war effort and reinforce the determination of a people and a country under siege.

Despite the fact that the war was to continue for another four dreary, deadly years, these poems - poems of hope, victory and a wished for peace - assisted a nation in peril to cope with the daily threat to its existence and helped remind the British people of the leaders they were in the fight for freedom and justice.

Much praise is due this diverse band of inspirational poets who assumed the rallying cry of a nation whose liberty was under threat and took it upon themselves to unite and arouse a people's resistance against the developing perils that were befalling them.

These are poets who knew there was a solution to the war's conundrum of escalating violence and that it lay through the issuance of a rallying cry for a great nation to uphold the rule of law and fight this new and fierce enemy - this enemy of peace-loving nations, an evil that would consume all in its path if permitted.

This rallying cry, this plea, this decree, this appeal to the resistance that defined a nation and which would ultimately spell victory is eloquently articulated by Poet Laureate, Robert Bridges, as he commands, "Up, careless, awake! Ye peacemakers, fight! England stands for Honour: God defend the Right!" - Summary by Bruce Kachuk

(0 hr 42 min)

Chapters

Duty 0:44 Read by Bruce Kachuk
"Wake up, England" 1:41 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Vigil 2:13 Read by Bruce Kachuk
To the Troubler of the World 1:26 Read by Bruce Kachuk
To England: To Strike Quickly 1:20 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Fourth of August 2:08 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The United Front 3:36 Read by Bruce Kachuk
England to the Sea 3:31 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Hour 2:06 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Wife of Flanders 2:32 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Stars in their Courses 6:17 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Commandeered 0:56 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Man who Keeps his Head 2:35 Read by Bruce Kachuk
France 1:54 Read by Bruce Kachuk
We Willed it Not 2:31 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Pro Patria 2:57 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Hymn before Action 2:41 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Hymn in War Time 1:26 Read by Bruce Kachuk