1915 in poetry

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John McCrae, about 1914
Drawing by Simon Fieldhouse

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

And I have known the eyes already, known them all—
The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,
And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,
Then how should I begin
To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?

And how should I presume?

Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).

Events[edit]

Poets and World War I[edit]

see also "Deaths in World War I" in the "Deaths" section, below

  • May 13 – While Julian Grenfell stands talking with other officers, a shell lands a few yards away and a splinter hits him in the head. He is taken to a hospital in Boulogne, where he dies 13 days later. His poem "Into Battle" is published in The Times the day after his death.[3] His younger brother Gerald William (Billy) Grenfell is killed in action 2 months later[4]
  • September 11 – Publication of L[ucy] W[hitmell]'s poem "Christ in Flanders" in The Spectator.
  • Blaise Cendrars, pen name of Frédéric Louis Sauser, a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized as a French citizen in 1916, loses his right arm during his service in World War I[5]

Works published in English[edit]

Australia[edit]

Canada[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]


From My Boy Jack
by Rudyard Kipling

“Has any one else had word of him?”
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?”
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind —
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.

Ezra Pound's Cathay, published this year

Anthologies[edit]

  • H. B. Elliott, ed., Lest We Forget: A War Anthology
  • Poems of Today
  • Ezra Pound, ed., Catholic Anthology, London
  • War Poems from The Times, August 1914-1915

Some Imagist Poets anthology[edit]

Contents to Some Imagist Poets anthology, the first of three books with the same title published in the next two years (includes English and American poets):

  • Richard Aldington: "Childhood", "The Poplar", "Round-Pond", "Daisy", "Epigrams", "The Faun sees Snow for the First Time", "Lemures"
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle): "The Pool", "The Garden", "Sea Lily", "Sea Iris", "Sea Rose", "Oread", "Orion Dead"
  • John Gould Fletcher: "The Blue Symphony", "London Excursion"
  • F. S. Flint: "Trees", "Lunch", "Malady", "Accident", "Fragment", "Houses", "Eau-Forte"
  • D. H. Lawrence: "Ballad of Another Ophelia", "Illicit", "Fireflies in the Corn", "A Woman and Her Dead Husband", "The Mowers", "Scent of Irises", "Green"
  • Amy Lowell: "Venus Transiens", "The Travelling Bear", "The Letter", "Grotesque", "Bullion", "Solitaire", "The Bombardment"

United States[edit]

See also "Some Imagist Poets" subsection, above

Other in English[edit]

Works published in other languages[edit]

France[edit]

Other languages[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Cover of a 1915 wartime number of the Vorticist literary magazine BLAST

Births[edit]

Death years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

Deaths[edit]

Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

Killed in World War I[edit]

see also "Poets and World War I" in the "Events" section and Rudyard Kipling poem "My Boy Jack", above

Grave of Rupert Brooke on Skyros Island, Greece

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Moody, David A. (2007). Ezra Pound, Poet: A Portrait of the Man and His Work, Volume I, The Young Genius 1885–1920. Oxford University Press. p. 266. ISBN 978-0-19-957146-8. 
  2. ^ Balston, Thomas (1949). Wood-engraving in Modern English Books. London: National Book League. 
  3. ^ Mosley, Nicholas (1976). Julian Grenfell: His Life and the Times of his Death 1888–1915. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0297770934. 
  4. ^ "Second Lieutenant Gerald William Grenfell". Find a Grave. 2005-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  5. ^ a b c d Auster, Paul, ed. (1982). The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: with Translations by American and British Poets. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-52197-8. 
  6. ^ "Lawson, Henry (1867 - 1922)", article, Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition, retrieved May 13, 2009. Archived 2009-05-16.
  7. ^ a b c Garvin, John William, ed. (1916). Canadian Poets. McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Frederick George Scott," Canadian Poetry, UWO, Web, April 19, 12011.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ludwig, Richard M., and Clifford A. Nault, Jr., Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983, 1986, New York: Oxford University Press ("If the title page is one year later than the copyright date, we used the latter since publishers frequently postdate books published near the end of the calendar year." — from the Preface, p vi)
  11. ^ a b Naik, M. K., Perspectives on Indian poetry in English, p. 230, (published by Abhinav Publications, 1984, ISBN 0-391-03286-0, ISBN 978-0-391-03286-6), retrieved via Google Books, June 12, 2009
  12. ^ Web page titled "Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 - 1918)" at the Poetry Foundation website, retrieved August 9, 2009
  13. ^ Web page titled "De la Corona aux Visages radieux", Société Paul Claudel website, retrieved July 4, 2010
  14. ^ Mohan, Sarala Jag, Chapter 4: "Twentieth-Century Gujarati Literature" (Google books link), in Natarajan, Nalini; Nelson, Emanuel Sampath (ed.), Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996, ISBN 978-0-313-28778-7, retrieved December 10, 2008.
  15. ^ "Australian Poetry Resources". Australian Poetry Resources. Archived from the original on 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i Das, Sisir Kumar and various, History of Indian Literature: 1911-1956: struggle for freedom: triumph and tragedy, Volume 2, 1995, published by Sahitya Akademi, ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9, retrieved via Google Books on December 23, 2008
  17. ^ "Eric Merton Roach". Peepal Tree Press. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  18. ^ Paniker, Ayyappa, "Modern Malayalam Literature" chapter in George, K. M., editor, Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology, pp 231–255, published by Sahitya Akademi, 1992, retrieved January 10, 2009.