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A poem for Remembrance Sunday 2014

14/11/2014









The poem 'Can You Remember' was published in a volume entitled Elegy in 1937, almost twenty years after the end of the war.

Can You Remember?
Yes, I still remember
The whole thing in a way;
Edge and exactitude
Depend on the day.

Of all that prodigious scene
There seems scanty loss,
Though mists mainly float and screen
Canal, spire and fosse;

Though commonly I fail to name
That once obvious Hill,
And where we went and whence we came
To be killed, or kill.
Those mists are spiritual
And luminous-obscure,
Evolved of countless circumstance
Of which I am sure;

Of which, at the instance
Of sound, smell, change and stir,
New-old shapes for ever
Intensely recur.

And some are sparkling, laughing, singing,
Young, heroic, mild;
And some incurable, twisted,
Shrieking, dumb, defiled.
January 1936

You can listen to his wife Claire Blunden reading this poem by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. (This requires Real Player)



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