This week to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday I thought I would mention a few poems that have been used in services and events to honour those who have died.
I have decided not to get involved in any political debate about the colour of poppies or even whether a poppy should be worn, and just concentrate on appreciating a few lines of poetry used, to sum up the mood.
Before introducing the poems, here are a few websites which explain the history behind poppies, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday:
The poem For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon has these famous lines:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
For the full poem see https://allpoetry.com/For-The-Fallen.
A quote from Rudyard Kipling‘s The Old Issue.
All we have of freedom; all we use or know – / This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
For more quotes from poems check out The Telegraph‘s Remembrance Day Quotes article – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/11189802/remembrance-day-quotations.html.
I hope that you can take time out and read and reflect on some of the words of the poems.
Thanks for reading.