On Heaven and poems written on active service
The majority of poems in this collection were written while Ford Madox Ford (formerly Ford Madox Hueffer) was on active service in France. At the beginning of the war Ford was recruited, along with a number of other famous writers, to work at the War Propaganda Bureau. However, despite being over 40 he decided to enlist in the army and joined the Welch Regiment in 1915. He was to see action at the battles of the Somme and Ypres. It was his experience of both the Front and army life which inspired his poetry and the four novels which make up his masterpiece of the First World War Parade’s End (1924-28). On Heaven and Other Poems opens with what is perhaps Ford’s most famous war poem ‘Antwerp’, which describes the bravery of the Belgians as they tried to defend themselves against the German invasion.
- Article by:
- Modris Eksteins
- Representation and memory
Focusing on works of fiction produced during the 1920s-30s, Professor Emeritus Modris Eksteins explores the role of literature as a means to confront and overcome the devastation of World War One.