World War One Poetry – Day Fourteen

First World War Centenary

On the 11th November 2018, we reach the centenary year of World War One.

100 years since the end of conflict.

“On the centenary of the Armistice we will give thanks for peace and for those that returned, and remember the sacrifice of the 800,000 soldiers who died”

Over the last 14 days I have been posting a selection of my favourite World War One Poems, from varied poets. As mentioned previously First World War poetry is one of my favourite genre’s.

The poem listed below is one of Thomas Hardy’s most famous from this period, in truth Hardy was not recognised as a major poet until at least the 1950’s. He was famous firstly for his Novels, such as ‘Far from the madding crowd’.

Over the next fourteen days (at 11:00 a.m. each morning) I will continue to publish my favourite works from this period. please take a moment to comment, either on my Facebook page or my blog. let me know what your favourite World War One poem is, or any family stories from this period etc…

Enjoy the poem.


In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’

By Thomas Hardy

I

Only a man harrowing clods
In a slow silent walk
With an old horse that stumbles and nods
Half asleep as they stalk.

II

Only thin smoke without flame
From the heaps of couch-grass;
Yet this will go onward the same
Though Dynasties pass.

III

Yonder a maid and her wight
Come whispering by:
War’s annals will cloud into night
Ere their story die.

 

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