11 November 2010


At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we remember in silence. The Glorious Dead. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn...At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them.

Anthem for Doomed Youth
by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- Only the monstruous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, -
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.


  1. Elizabeth4:09 pm

    A wonderful post, YP, and that photograph is just marvellous. Thank you. x

  2. I'm reading "The Great Silence" by Juliet Nicolson, about the years 1918-1920 in the aftermath of the Great War. Fascinating and I'd strongly recommend it.

  3. Thank you for posting this.

  4. Remember a bright not so young teacher using this in his observation lesson to impress a crusty old 'veteran' in another battlefield in another lifetime.

    Owen could be writing about teachers nowadays.


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