Canadian Poetry from World War I: An Anthology

Paperback | May 27, 2009

EditorJoel Baetz

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No Canadian life was untouched by the events of World War I. Over 600,000 soldiers went to the battlefields; of these, one-third were either killed or seriously injured. Those who remained behind at home were desperate for news or description of life on the front-lines. It is no surprise thatthere was considerable demand for news reports, literature, or poetry. While most of us struggle to name a single Canadian war poem beyond John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields," hundreds of poems, anthologies, and collections about the war were published in Canada during the Great War and the following decade. But to date there has been no careful selection of poetry.Many of Canada's key authors of the period depicted aspects of wartime experience, from Charles G.D. Roberts to A.J.M. Smith, from Marjorie Pickthall and Helena Coleman to Frank Prewett and E.J. Pratt, from Robert Service to W.W.E. Ross. Their works have been assembled here for the first time since1919, and parsed by war literature expert Joel Baetz.This contemporary edition includes biographical notes, historical references, and explanations of outdated words, making the works accessible to the modern reader. Through the voices of early twentieth-century poets, Baetz offers the harrowing imagery of man-made hell, and how amidst the trencheshumanity still clung to the hope and dream of grace.

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No Canadian life was untouched by the events of World War I. Over 600,000 soldiers went to the battlefields; of these, one-third were either killed or seriously injured. Those who remained behind at home were desperate for news or description of life on the front-lines. It is no surprise thatthere was considerable demand for news repor...

Joel Baetz is Assistant Professor at York University. He is an award-winning teacher and his publications include acting as literary consultant for the CD Waiting There for Me: Songs and Poems from Canadians in World War I (2007).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.1 × 5.2 × 0.4 inPublished:May 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. F.O. CallCalvaryGone WestIn a Belgian GardenThe Indifferent OnesThe Lace-maker of BrugesA Song of the HomelandTo a Modern Poet2. Wilfred CampbellThe Fight Goes OnLangemarckOur DeadThe Summons3. Helena ColemanChallengeConvocation Hall, May 18th, 1917Country of MineThe Day He WentMarching MenOh, Not When April Wakes the DaffodilsPro Patria MortuiThe Recruit'Tis Not the Will That's WantedTo Our BelovedWhen First He Put the Khaki On4. Private Albert William DrummondThe BattlefieldThe Colonial's ChallengeOn the Banks of the SommeThe Stretcher-Bearers5. Anna DurieA Bugle CallThe Daily LetterMy Heart It Is a Shrine for Deeds of HisAt HomeOur Absent HeroPasschendaeleRequiemThe Return of the Old BattalionA Soldier's Grave in FranceSunrise in FranceVimy Ridge6. Douglas Leader DurkinThe CallCarry On!The Father SpeaksThe Fighting Men of CanadaThe Men Who StoodThe MonumentA Woman's Song7. Katherine HaleAwakening8. John Daniel LoganFlame of GodRenouncement9. Wilson MacDonaldFranceThe Girl Behind the Man Behind the GunPeace10. John McCraeThe Anxious DeadIn Flanders FieldsThe Unconquered Dead11. George PalmerThe AdvanceR.I.P. Inconnu"Up the Line"12. E.J. PrattDead on the Field of HonourThe Largess of 1917Ode to December, 1917Unseen Allies13. Frank PrewettAir Raid WarningThe BombardmentCard GameThe Farm LabourerGirl Among BombsIf I Unfold My FistPlea for PeaceThe SoldierSoliloquyThe SurvivorVoices of Women14. Sir Charles G.D. RobertsCambrai and MarneGoing Over15. Amy Redpath RoddickThe British LandsGoing WestThe Soldiers16. W.W.E. RossForms AriseFranceOn the HillPensive he sits in the shadePoperinghe, 1917SoldieryPacificProspect of WarsWarThree Deaths17. Duncan Campbell ScottTo a Canadian Aviator Who Died For His Country in FranceTo a Canadian Lad Killed in the WarTo the Canadian MothersSomewhere in France18. F.G. ScottA CanadianA Grave in FlandersRequiescant19. Robert ServiceThe CallFunkThe Man from AthabaskaThe Odyssey of 'Erbert 'IgginsOn the WireOnly a BocheThe VolunteerYoung Fellow My Lad20. Rose E. SharlandEmpireFearFrom the Yukon DownThe Maple Leaf MenPro PatriaThe Woman's LamentThe Woman's PartWar Gleanings21. A.J.M. SmithA Soldier's Ghost22. Bernard Freeman TrotterA Canadian TwilightDreamsThe PoplarsIci Repose