Poems of Two Wars

Laurence Binyon

Poems of Two Wars

Laurence Binyon

Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd

Edited by Paul O'Prey
96 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780993331114 Published October 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Laurence Binyon was a celebrated poet and art historian, who was a friend of both T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. Although over-age for military service in 1914, Binyon volunteered to serve on the front line as a medical orderly, an experience that directly informed his writing. Poems of Two Wars brings together for the first time the remarkable poems he wrote about both World War I and World War II.

Binyon’s 1914 poem “For the Fallen” is considered by many to be the single most famous poem written about World War I, and the poem is still read at remembrance services and carved onto thousands of war memorials. But Binyon’s writings during the wars are substantial and as moving as his most well known works. Binyon not only wrote compelling poems about his time working in a battlefield hospital in France, but during World War II he penned some of the most powerful poems about the war written by a non-combatant, including “The Burning of the Leaves.” Poems of Two Wars reveals the scope and intensity of Binyon’s work and finally gives him his due as a skilled poet of some of history’s most violent conflicts.
 
Contents
Introduction
 
The First War  Back  
 
Strange Fruit
The Harvest
For the Fallen
Ode for September (excerpt)
The Anvil
The Healers
The Zeppelin
Fetching the Wounded
The Ebb of War
The Distant Guns
Men of Verdun
La Patrie
The Sower
Guns at the Front
The Witnesses
I am here, and you
Hunger
Ypres
The Arras Road
An Incident at Cambrai
Wingless Victory
Pain
The Things that Grow
Doing and Making
The Wood’s Entry
The Idols (excerpt)
From Goethe
 
The Second War
 
Anniversary (November 11)
In Hospital
August Afternoon
The North Star
Sowing Seed
The Trembling Tree
There is Still Splendour
English Earth
History
Stray Seed
When I am only I
The Junipers
When All the World is Hidden
Autumn Song
Lovers
The Way Home
The Burning of the Leaves
High over the Battling Street
Winter Sunrise
The Madness of Merlin (excerpts)
 
Acknowledgements
 
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