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.
In Flanders Fields
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.
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. It is one of the most quoted poems from the war. As a result of its immediate popularity, parts of the poem were used in efforts and appeals to recruit soldiers and raise money selling war bonds. Its references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day symbols throughout the Commonwealth of Nations , particularly in Canada, where "In Flanders Fields" is one of the nation's best-known literary works. John McCrae was a poet and physician from Guelph, Ontario.
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., It helped popularize the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
The field guns of his brigade's batteries were in position on the west bank of the Ypres-Yser canal, about two kilometres north of Ypres. The brigade had arrived there in the early hours of 23 April The exact details of when the first draft was written may never be known because there are various accounts by those who were with McCrae at that time. He had become good friends with John McCrae. On the morning of Sunday 2 May Alexis left his dugout and was killed instantly by a direct hit from an 8 inch German shell.