Sunday, November 11, 2007

Armistice




An extract from ‘Spring Offensive’ by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) written in 1918 – never fully revised by Wilfred who was killed one week before the armistice. He is one of my favourite poets.

“Of them who running on that last high place
Breasted the surf of bullets, or went up
On the hot blast and fury of hell’s upsurge,
Or plunged and fell away past this world’s verge,
Some say God caught them even before they fell.”

2 comments:

Titania Starlight said...

Hi Anji,
I so enjoy looking at these vintage reminders of days gone by. That was a very powerful poem and so sad. It is a reminder to us all that so many brave men sacrificed their lives during our wars.

Anji said...

Wilfred Owen is a poet worth reading. If he'd have survived he would have written about more cheerful subjects. For a while he taught English in Bordeaux and I went to visit the street where he lived. It's now an enormous bookshop!

"Some say God caught them even before they fell"

I love that line - that's the God I believe in.