In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda GranfieldIn May 2015, In Flanders Fields, one of the most popular poems ever written on the subject of war, will mark 100 years since it was written. This special edition celebrates that emotional anniversary.
John McCraes poem has been recited by many generations who have embraced and continue to cherish its underlying message of respect for the fallen, longing for peace and its call to action.
In this award-winning book, the lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War (1914-1918) and details of daily life in the trenches in Europe. Also included are accounts of McCraes experience in his field hospital and the circumstances that led to the writing of In Flanders Fields.
New introduction by noted historian Dr. Tim Cook of the Canadian War Museum.
Vibrant new painting by Janet Wilson on the cover.
Original text, maps, and evocative paintings of the acclaimed, now classic, 1995 edition.
An invaluable reference for classroom studies of war and remembrance.
A lasting gift for history buffs, veterans, and families determined never to forget the sacrifices of war.
Remembrance Day 2015-Reflection plus In Flanders Fields Poem
He was inspired to write it on May 3, , after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer , who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it.
Most Canadians don’t know the words to ‘In Flanders Fields’: Ipsos poll
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Helmer was killed on 2 May when a shell exploded during the second German gas attack. In the absence of a chaplain, McCrae conducted the funeral service for his friend himself.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2 May, in the gun positions near Ypres.
McCrae, who was born in Guelph Ont. The survey also found that six in ten Canadians could correctly identify McCrae as the poems author. Timothy Findley was among the leading incorrect candidates with 15 per cent of Canadians thinking he wrote the poem. Stephen Leacock was next at eight per cent and Margaret Atwood with six per cent. Seventy four per cent of Canadians agreed that the poem should be given this honourary status, while 26 per cent disagreed. A separate poll commissioned by Historica Canada found that 82 per cent of Canadians believe Remembrance Day is as relevant today as when it began nearly a century ago.