At this time of year, I like to co-ordinate a weekly poetry project of a poem specially chosen on the theme of remembrance of the fallen. This year, I have co-ordinated two, The Trenches and To a Dog.
For those of you not familiar with the weekly and fortnightly LibriVox poetry projects, one poem is chosen and recorded by as many LibriVoxers as possible. It is surprising how different the interpretations can be.
The Trenches by Frederic Manning (1882 – 1935)
Manning was an Australian poet living in England at the outbreak of the First World War. He enlisted in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, and was in action at the Battle of the Somme. This poem paints a vivid picture of the horror of night in the trenches.
All the recordings may be found at http://librivox.org/the-trenches-by-frederic-manning/
Or download my own version directly from http://www.archive.org/download/trenches_1111_librivox/trenches_manning_rg.mp3
To a Dog by John Jay Chapman (1862-1933)
Chapman’s son Victor was the first American pilot to lose his life in aerial combat, while serving with the Escadrille Américaine in the First World War. This poem tells of the heartbreak of a bereaved father; the sentiment, though attributed to the son’s dog, is familiar to all who have lost someone they loved, in peace or war.
All the recordings may be found at http://librivox.org/to-a-dog-by-john-jay-chapman/
Or download my own version directly from http://www.archive.org/download/toadog_1111_librivox/toadog_chapman_rg.mp3