Yes, I think it requires further listens to fully absorb, as this poem has a unique structure.
The reference to former sea commanders of the British Empire such as Drake and Nelson. It gives you a feeling for the historical legacy of England and Britain.
His voice booms like a wave crashing on the side of a galley. It fits perfectly.
It is a poem, so yes.
This poem is a call to the Germans, and not to many poems of the period were thus addressed. The poet assures the Germans that England had no desire on their land, property, rights, and that Englishman wanted peace. He states a common cultural heritage and berates the Germans and Austrians for behaving as barbarians.
This is not a war that England wanted, but now it will have to fight.
The historical references and the excellent narration were this piece best parts.
The entire reading was superb.
It is one of the finest poems read by Mr. Mather. I enjoyed it a good deal.
The tragic tone of the poem, of the mother who had seven sons until that day, until the war, that is. The portrayal, in beautiful language, of the devastation and waste the war had laid.
Most war poems come from the viewpoint of soldiers or the countries for which they fight. It is touching to note that even a century or so ago, the voice of the mothers left behind to grieve and rebuild were also heard and put to paper.
The entire narration was very good. There is a somber tone to the whole poem, a tragic one, and Mr. Mather presented it quite well.
It didn't make me cry, but it did make me ponder over the horrors of war, and how good countries often allow evil to flourish until extreme pain is required to beat it.