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on 26 November 2015
"The earth is all too narrow for our dead,
So many and each a child of ours"
Poets of the First World War hold a special place in our collective memory. Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon..the men...boys really..
But what of the women? Those left behind, worrying, working, struggling..receiving the telegrams..nurses, volunteers, wives and widows
There is pain and beauty in these lost voices, as dark and violent as the Somme. There is grace and charm and forgiveness and charity..and a restless desire for change.
Cicely Hamilton's "Non-Combatant" is an angry cry of feminist rage, which reads closer to a Patti Smith lyric than a war poet.
Like war itself, all of humanity lives here, and dies slowly in the pages. Beautifully tragic.