The narrator pledges to donate 50% of his proceeds to The Royal British Legion Poppy Day Appeal - please support. Written in 1914, by the Nobel Prize winner for literature, John Galsworthy. England to Free Men is written as from England herself and extols the virtues of an empire upon which the sun never sets, and reminding all, from whatever background, that they are free men and must join in the war to defend their common values.
Public Domain (P)2014 Phillip J. Mather
The prose and rhyming of this poem are exquisite. Galsworthy was a master and it shows in the rhythm and cadence of this poem.
This poem, written from England to its fighting men, expresses a sort of patriotism which I doubt exist any longer. We have grown jaded and cynical, and a wholehearted love of country is seen as bizarre, even foolish.
Is that a good thing or bad? There are two sides to it, I suppose, but it does show a time in which such emotions were the norm.
The narration was superb. My wife and I listened to it together. Mr. Mather's voice has the gravitas this poem deserves.
I listened to "In Flanders Fields", read by the same narrator. It is also a war poem.
This poem is superior in terms of prose and structure to other poems I've listened to. You can sense the mastery of Galsworthy in every line.
It is an emotional poem. I can imagine how it stirred men into battle and sacrifice.
I will seek more of Mr. Galsworhty's work based on this poem.
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