Dear Marcia et al,
So much for poetry conferring immortality! John McCrae's anthologized
verse may boil down to one poem but In Flanders Fields is his
alone....surely there are too few Mc's in poetry indexes to start
By a complete quirk I was speaking in Flanders last November as part of
Outenarde's twinning arrangement with Hastings,[ the belligerent town on
the south coast of England.]
I was asked ( native NYC) to lay Hasting's wreath of indestructable
red paper poppies at the American memorial as a small part of an
extensive service of remembrance. All of the Belgian tributes were wreaths
of beautiful chrysanthemum....much more in keeping with Macrea's poem
which was read at town hall in both English and Belgian (?) and spoken
with real feeling..............
Many thanks for the Rosenberg poems. A quick survey of my anthologies came
up zero for his work.
There is more to English War poetry than Brooke's Flanders. Next
>time you're near a library or bookstore, look for _The Penguin Book of
>First World War Poetry_ edited, with a fine intro, by Jon SIlkin. It
>actually contains more than WWI English poets, though they are the
>center of the book. What about Ivor Gurney or Siefried Sassoon?
>Rosenberg gets, just looking quickly at the TOC, the most, or next to
>the most, poems. (Wilfred Owen may get one more.) Edward Thomas is a
>wonderful poet, and may not immediately come to mind for war poetry.
> As a group we failed to note September 1, the start of WWII.
>Another Auden poem to recommend: "September 1, 1939." It is not in his
>collected editions, as he came to think some of it false. Louis
>Untemeyer's anthology has it. And, if memories serves, Rosenberg is in