Poetry (including by other people)
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A century ago, with Britain at war, the Woman's Dreadnought published this poem:
- to man the comfortable
|1||This line is the champion|
|2||This line's the runner-up|
Interesting radio interview with Tim Wells about ranting poetry, from about 18:30, including a mention of Janine!
A rewrite of Philip Larkin's 'This Be The Verse':
They fuck you up, Conservatives
They mean to, and they really do
They take away what progress gives
And add some extra spite for you
But they were fucked up in their turn
By titled, landed, privileged fools
Who bathed in wealth they did not earn
And raised their high-born kids to rule
'From the Youth of All Nations' reads to me as a bitter complaint against the ruling classes on all sides of the First World War playing out their arguments with the sufferings and lives of soldiers.
Published in Solidarity 337, 24 September 2014
The Workers’ Dreadnought published this poem on its front page, heading an article entitled “Soldiers ask what they are fighting for” on 20 October 1917.