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Post by brucek » February 15th, 2020, 8:40 am

Poems of the Great War by Various ( - ).

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At a time when the need for courage and tenacity of the British people was at its peak, these poems published at the outset of the First World War emerged as an attempt to bolster the war effort and reinforce the determination of a people and a country under siege.
Despite the fact that the war was to continue for another four dreary, deadly years, these poems - poems of hope, victory and a wished for peace - assisted a nation in peril to cope with the daily threat to its existence and helped remind the British people of the leaders they were in the fight for freedom and justice.
Much praise is due this diverse band of inspirational poets who assumed the rallying cry of a nation whose liberty was under threat and took it upon themselves to unite and arouse a people's resistance against the developing perils that were befalling them.
These are poets who knew there was a solution to the war's conundrum of escalating violence and that it lay through the issuance of a rallying cry for a great nation to uphold the rule of law and fight this new and fierce enemy - this enemy of peace-loving nations, an evil that would consume all in its path if permitted.
This rallying cry, this plea, this decree, this appeal to the resistance that defined a nation and which would ultimately spell victory is eloquently articulated by Poet Laureate, Robert Bridges, as he commands, "Up, careless, awake! Ye peacemakers, fight! England stands for Honour: God defend the Right!" (Bruce Kachuk)
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Post by Rapunzelina » February 15th, 2020, 11:39 pm

:clap:
Sorry, I was about to set this up earlier, and then got distracted.... But we have a magic window now!
Will Sara join us?
Intro and outro as in previous projects :thumbs:
Come read female poets for October's Poetry Collection

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Post by SaraHale » February 16th, 2020, 12:58 am

Rapunzelina wrote:
February 15th, 2020, 11:39 pm
:clap:
Sorry, I was about to set this up earlier, and then got distracted.... But we have a magic window now!
Will Sara join us?
Intro and outro as in previous projects :thumbs:
Yes, I'm. :thumbs: I'm super excited to work with the team.
Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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Post by Rapunzelina » February 16th, 2020, 5:22 am

Ready for Going Solo then!
Come read female poets for October's Poetry Collection

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Post by brucek » February 16th, 2020, 11:57 am

Thanks so much Rapunzelina and Sarah. Yay! Our team is back together again. :D

I guess it's time this team member started recording some poems.

Talk to you soon.

Bruce.

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Post by brucek » February 27th, 2020, 8:26 am

SaraHale wrote:
February 16th, 2020, 12:58 am
Yes, I'm. :thumbs: I'm super excited to work with the team.
Hi Sarah,

I've just uploaded the first half-dozen. :)

Thanks,
Bruce.

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Post by SaraHale » February 29th, 2020, 7:00 am

brucek wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 8:26 am
Hi Sarah,

I've just uploaded the first half-dozen. :)

Thanks,
Bruce.
Hey Bruce,

Sorry for the late reply. I've requested a few books on OpenLibrary and got almost all of them at once. You have to finish the books that you've borrowed within 14 days. So, I didn't check LV.

How do you find those amazing poems? I'm super happy to get to listen to them.

All sections are PL OK :clap:
Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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Post by brucek » February 29th, 2020, 9:33 am

SaraHale wrote:
February 29th, 2020, 7:00 am

Hey Bruce,

Sorry for the late reply. I've requested a few books on OpenLibrary and got almost all of them at once. You have to finish the books that you've borrowed within 14 days. So, I didn't check LV.

How do you find those amazing poems? I'm super happy to get to listen to them.

All sections are PL OK :clap:
Thanks for the PL, Sarah. There's never any big rush.

I'm so glad you are enjoying the poems. I too find them very inspiring and motivating, although reflecting thoughts extant in an era of extreme stress and privation.

More to come soon.

~~~~~
Bruce. :)

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Post by SaraHale » February 29th, 2020, 9:06 pm

brucek wrote:
February 29th, 2020, 9:33 am
Thanks for the PL, Sarah. There's never any big rush.

I'm so glad you are enjoying the poems. I too find them very inspiring and motivating, although reflecting thoughts extant in an era of extreme stress and privation.

More to come soon.

~~~~~
Bruce. :)
You're welcome. I know but I'd like that the listeners will get to listen to the poems as soon as possible. :D

Yeah, all the poems you've picked so far are AMAZING. Good job finding them. :thumbs:

I look forward to listening to them.
Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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Post by brucek » March 10th, 2020, 7:21 am

SaraHale wrote:
February 29th, 2020, 9:06 pm
You're welcome. I know but I'd like that the listeners will get to listen to the poems as soon as possible. :D

Yeah, all the poems you've picked so far are AMAZING. Good job finding them. :thumbs:

I look forward to listening to them.
Hi Sarah,

I've just uploaded another half-dozen. :)

Thanks,
Bruce.

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Post by SaraHale » March 11th, 2020, 2:00 am

brucek wrote:
March 10th, 2020, 7:21 am
Hi Sarah,

I've just uploaded another half-dozen. :)

Thanks,
Bruce.
Hey Bruce,

They are all PL OK as always. :clap:

There is something that I would like to talk to you about in Section 7 (don't worry, it's word-perfect). The poem is divided into sections I, II, and so on. Should there be a little more silence between them? :hmm:

I know silences are personal opinions, and I promised not to talk about silences but I'm curious to know.
Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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Post by brucek » March 11th, 2020, 8:21 am

SaraHale wrote:
March 11th, 2020, 2:00 am
Hey Bruce,

They are all PL OK as always. :clap:

There is something that I would like to talk to you about in Section 7 (don't worry, it's word-perfect). The poem is divided into sections I, II, and so on. Should there be a little more silence between them? :hmm:

I know silences are personal opinions, and I promised not to talk about silences but I'm curious to know.
Thanks Sarah and thank you for your important comments on the power of silence. Let me say a few words in general about this crucial element and then I will address the issue at hand.

Yes, I fully agree, silence, if used judiciously, can be a very useful tool in relating a message, creating an atmosphere and drawing attention - this among a plethora of additional and important other effects - but the key element here is "judiciously".

Although a guiding principle of narration is to remain true to an author’s original intent, we live in very different times from when the poem was written; indeed these poems are being disseminated via a medium unimagined by poets of a century ago. We as proliferators of the art of a prior century must take the initiative to accommodate the material to our current zeitgeist, as subtly as possible but unavoidably at times at odds with the author's original conception of his audience. The responsibility which we have assumed as twenty-first century narrators necessitates a good many decisions of this nature that must be carefully considered.

Not to wax too poetic, Sarah, but I often gain inspiration (and indeed often solace) from the Bard of Avon. Relating to our current discussion, I am inspired by his character Hamlet’s admonition (Act 3 Sc 2) to “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue”. This, I believe is more germane today even than it was at the turn of the seventeenth century.

Now, referring to Section 7 “The United Front” by Alfred Noyes, I found it curious to note that the stanzas separated by numbers tend to split related thoughts even more so than those unnumbered. For instance the verse numbered “II” begins with the word “They”; while that numbered “III” begins with “We” – both directly referring to thoughts in the previous verse and hence not calling for any appreciable silence. Meanwhile the second verse in “II” begins with “But”, and in “III” with “It is” which in my opinion could present a stronger argument for a period of silence as means of separating thoughts than even those numbered.

So, in summary, in my attempt to “acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness” (H Act 3 Sc 2) I would stand by the decisions I have made in this poem.

But thank you once again for your careful perusal of my reading and your pondering of important aspects of the work. We both aspire to present the best for our listeners and that is always a good thing and what makes me value your opinion as a key team member.

~~~~~
Bruce. :)

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Post by brucek » March 14th, 2020, 10:41 am

SaraHale wrote:
March 11th, 2020, 2:00 am

Hey Bruce,

They are all PL OK as always. :clap:
Hi Sarah,

And here are the final six to wrap things up. :D

Thanks,
Bruce.

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Post by SaraHale » March 14th, 2020, 10:56 am

brucek wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 10:41 am
Hi Sarah,

And here are the final six to wrap things up. :D

Thanks,
Bruce.
Hey Bruce,

Sorry for not replying to your previous message. We had heavy rain which affected the internet connection. I'll make sure to PL them tomorrow and reply to your message. :)
Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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Post by SaraHale » March 15th, 2020, 10:50 am

brucek wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 10:41 am
Hi Sarah,

And here are the final six to wrap things up. :D

Thanks,
Bruce.
Hey again!

All sections are now PL OK :clap:

Have you decided what will you record next?
Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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