Jessie Pope's War Poems

Book/Poem/Drawing

Description

English

Before the war Jessie Pope had been a very successful writer of comedy verse and a prolific contributor to newspapers and magazines. Her pro-war poems were originally published in the Daily Mail as a rallying cry to encourage enlistment. Although today her poems are considered jingoistic her views were very popular at the time. Pope’s poems are simple sing-song rhymes that were intended to stir and inspire young men to do their duty. Poems such as the ‘The Call’ which asks ‘Who’s fretting to begin, Who’s going out to win?’ were a blatant attempt to cajole men into doing their bit. Her poems contrast greatly with the brutal imagery of the later war poets such as Owen and Sassoon. Jessie Pope’s War Poems was the first of three collections of war poetry the others being More War Poetry, (1915) and Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times (1916).

Full title
Jessie Pope's War Poems
Created
1915
Format
Book / Poem / Drawing
Creator
Jessie Pope
Held by
British Library
Copyright: © 
Jessie Pope, Grant Richards
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
011652.m.60

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