Poetry from the Trenches

Stephen Liddell

The 11th of November is Armistice Day, the day that originally marked the end of World War 1.   These days Remembrance Day or Poppy Day as it is sometimes called also focuses on the many later wars of the 20thC and now 21st Century too.   Whilst all these wars have been bad whether fought for good reasons or bad, for those taking part none quite match the suffering in trenches.

Now the war and its soldiers have faded and so have many of the memorials before they are refurbished for the 100th anniversary next year.  What remains strong though is the poetry that came from the war.  Many of the ordinary soldiers kept journals or wrote letters to their families back home.  Some their works became internationally famous.

My favourite is The Soldier by Rupert Brooke, I remember learning it at school.  It is sad, nostalgic and beautiful.

The Soldier

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