In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...
Those words are by John McCrae, physician, soldier and sometime poet, who did not live to see the end of the war. In this video I discuss the background to the poem, and recite it, in front of a live audience from America, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and beyond at the Royal Canadian Navy's home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia on the recent Mark Steyn Club cruise. To watch (or hear) "In Flanders Fields", prefaced by my introduction, please click here and log-in.
If you'd like to catch up on earlier poems in the series, you can find a brace of Kipling, with "Recessional" and "If...", plus "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold, "Ozymandias" by Shelley, and "Jenny KIss'd Me" by Leigh Hunt.
Later today we'll have more cultural artifacts from the Great War in our Song of the Week.
Steyn's Sunday Poem is made with the support of members of The Mark Steyn Club, for which we're profoundly grateful.