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Winnowing Fan: Poems On The Great War

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In "Winnowing Fan: Poems On The Great War," Robert Laurence Binyon eloquently captures the emotional toll of World War I through his powerful and heartbreaking poetry. The poems are filled with vivid descriptions of the horrors of war, the sacrifice of soldiers, and the impact on those left behind. Binyon's words are raw and poignant, creating a sense of empathy and understanding for the men and women who lived through this tumultuous time.

The collection of poems is beautifully written, with each stanza painting a vivid picture of the brutality and devastation of war. Binyon's use of language is haunting and evocative, drawing the reader into the emotional landscape of the Great War. The poems in this collection are a moving tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who fought and suffered during this dark period in history.

Overall, "Winnowing Fan: Poems On The Great War" is a poignant and powerful collection of poetry that pays homage to the sacrifices of those who lived through World War I. Robert Laurence Binyon's words are a testament to the enduring impact of war on the human psyche, and serve as a reminder of the importance of remembrance and honoring those who gave their all for their country.

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This little gem of a book contains twelve poems about World War I. There is more to it than its intrinsic value as verse. Edward Elgar (1857-1934) set three of the poems (The Fourth Of August, To Women, For The Fallen) in his cantata The Spirit of England (1915-1917). Since its composing and musical setting, For The Fallen has held an honored place in every November 11th Remembrance Day for Britain and the Commonwealth (Memorial Day for Americans). Moved by the opening of the Great War and the already high number of casualties of the British Expeditionary Force, in 1914 Laurence Binyon wrote his For the Fallen, with its Ode of Remembrance, as he was visiting the cliffs on the north Cornwall coast,… The third and fourth verses of the poem (although often just the fourth) have so been claimed as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of nation.

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