Fighting Words: Canadian War Poets

The First World War produced many war poets, particularly those writing in English; Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Edmund Blunden all come to mind. In the Canadian context, there is a clear favourite for most well known – John McCrae, the author of “In Flanders Fields”. However, there were other less well known or less popular poets than McCrae, some of whom are only just now being discovered.  Continue reading “Fighting Words: Canadian War Poets”

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A Red Cross Man: Robert W. Service, Canada’s other war poet

Robert W. Service, courtesy Library and Archives Canada PA-110158
Robert W. Service, courtesy Library and Archives Canada PA-110158

This time of year brings to mind Lt-Colonel John McCrae’s stirring and beautiful poem “In Flanders Fields”, which has become Canada’s de facto war poem and possibly even Canada’s national poem. The Vimy Foundation’s project this year to encourage school children to read the poem meant that McCrae’s words were heard across Canada on 11 November in the centennial year of its writing. “In Flanders Fields” has a nobleness to it that makes it suitable for such solemn occasions, but Canada also has another war poet, though an unexpected one.  Continue reading “A Red Cross Man: Robert W. Service, Canada’s other war poet”