Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Armistice Day

The Soldier
Rupert Brooke
1887 - 1915
 
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.  There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.
 
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.


Rupert Brooke was a soldier and is now best known as a war poet.  Brooke served in WW1 and died for his country in 1915.



It is our duty to remember.
We will never forget.

26 comments:

  1. What a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Thank you Amy! That poem touches me every single time.

    Stephanie

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  3. A beautiful tribute on this Remembrance Day, and a beautiful poem. No, we must never forget.

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  4. That is such a touching poem.

    Here, the poem most often read on Remembrance Day is "In Flander's Fields" by John McCrae. He was a Canadian physician, a Lieutenant Colonel who wrote his famous poem during the First World War.

    Karen

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  5. Love the nostalgia in this poem, very different from the bitterness of a poem on a post I just read. I like this one much better!

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  6. Lovely tribute Amy, thank you also for commenting on mine. The sadness and futility of it all seems to have affected me more than ever this year.

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  7. Beautiful to read these words today. Always remembering. CJ xx

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  8. War always takes our best and brightest!

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  9. Dear Amy
    We have so much to be grateful for, to all the men and women who fought, died or were injured fighting our wars. The world would be a very different place without their sacrifices.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  10. Beautiful poem and tribute. Agree we must never forget - the animals too - so many perished during the war. x

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  11. What a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing Amy. :)

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  12. Lovely. Have tears now, we are so lucky that these men were brave enough to sacrifice their lives for us. I will NEVER forget. xx

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  13. A beautiful and heartbreakingly sad poem. I was in the car park at Lidl at 11am this morning. I sat in my car and watched this older man stand, head bowed, in the pouring rain. This evening I've dropped Alfie off to army cadets, who was full of meeting ex-servicemen at school today. It's always there. It's never forgotten.
    Leanne xx

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  14. Veteran's are amazing people. I think every day should be their day

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  15. Moving words and tribute. We will not forget. Thank you for your comment on my blog dear Amy. x

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  16. Amy I read this earlier but had to pick up my daughter from school....I have been thinking about it all day as it gave me the chills. Such a brave man and such a beautiful poet. Thank you for sharing. Nicole xoxo

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  17. Such a beautiful poem. Your country has fought right along beside us:)

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  18. One of my favourite poems. Thank you so much for your comments on my blog. It's ironic that Brooke died the way he did - but his poetry is wonderful; I love 'Grantchester' - another world.

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  19. What a great poem, always remember them!x

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  20. Heartbreaking and beautiful poem x

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  21. Cake and pudding ingredients are on my list to buy at the weekend. :) I love the smell in the house when I make the Christmas cake. x

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  22. I object that you apparently found my comment 'vile'. It really wasn't . I presume it was mine as it isn't here. I was an army wife actually and my husband served in the Falklands and in Ireland. I spent time apart from him in fear of his safety, terrified about every casualty reported in the news. My grandfather was also in the first world war and uncles in the second. My grandfather was stuck in mud, nearly lost his feet - a fellow soldier was suffocated in the mud at the same time so he was lucky. He was also shot in the face and got pneumonia and was nursed by a French woman. He survived the war. So yes I do know about the sacrifices they made. But memories do not last for ever and causes that are just to some are unjust to others. It was an act of bravery to object to the war as some did and it is anyone's right to not approve now. To choose not to wear a red poppy is a choice and a right if people want, so is to wear a white poppy. Soldiers give their lives for freedom, for people to say what they think. I am sorry that doesn't meet with your approval. Some people give real service other people only lip service. Incidentally soldiers wives sacrifice too. My time was just several years but other wives go through many years of anxiety and being supportive to their husbands. So wax lyrically about poems but some people actually live a bit closer to the reality.

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    1. Dear Anonymous, I don't think that I must have got your comment for some reason. The comment that was so vile was about the abuse of women from one particular section of society. I don't suppose that was what your comment was about. I always publish comments, whether I agree with them or not with the exception of abusive comments to either myself or another commenter. I am sorry that I could not publish your original comment because, as I said, I doubt that yours was the comment about the abuse of women.

      As you will have seen from other posts my family have served in the military for many generations in many ways. I don't care to detail that here because I don't share my other family members personal details for the most part.

      However, it does mean that I can and do appreciate the service of others, and as you will have seen if you look back through my posts, I always post about remembrance on 11th November each year as well as on Remembrance Day. In addition, I post at other times of special remembrance around the world - such as my post about the anniversary of D Day earlier this year.

      I appreciate the service of others, but I also appreciate the decision of some not to serve, whatever their reasons may be.

      I thank you and your husband for his service and am extremely grateful for this as well as the service of all of the other people in the world that are serving now and have done so in the past. I also thank their families.

      Please don't think that I don't know about reality. I do. Far more than perhaps you realise. Just because I chose to commemorate these occasions in a different way from some doesn't mean that I don't appreciate the service of others.

      I also reiterate, the vile comment related only to the abuse of women from one particular section of society and given all that you have said in your comment, I really do not think that it was your comment. I am sorry as I said above that I did not publish your comment, it was not intentional, but I genuinely do not believe that I received it.

      I wish you all the best.

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