March 31st, 2010, 1:50 pm
I recently heard this song, I sang it in chorus a short while ago, and I find it very stirring, I never cry when it comes to movies and songs, and I had tears in the back of my eyes the first time I listened to this song of the tragedy in war... I was wondering if anyone else had listened to this? And I don't know what musical group it falls into, I didn't think it was classical or country, so please don't get mad at me if I've put this in the wrong place...
June 25th, 2010, 4:08 am
It's a legendary world war 1 poem that was set to music at some point, apparently. It's about the real Flanders' Field, a burial ground that's the reason why the poppy is used (in the U.S. at least) as the symbol of KIAs among veterans. Of all the poems I don't typically think of off the top of my head when I'm thinking of the best poems I've read, it's probably one of the best ones. It's come to hold a more special place in my heart now because both of my brothers are in the service now, my youngest as an Air Force medic/driver and my middle as Army/infantry.
I recently made a brief reference to the poem in question, along with some 70 other miscellaneous references in the same paragraph, in a "stream of consciousness" writing sample that I wrote down about a person having a panic attack, to test my aptitude for that style, that should be appearing any hour now when approved on the Writers' Corner forum. It appears within the segment "kill bill of rites of springfield flanders between the crosses row on row row row your boat" etc.
June 25th, 2010, 7:33 am
We studied that poem in my English class a couple years ago. Flanders Fields is actually here in Belgium, so I've been there and there are actually loads of poppies, war memorials and a museum. War poetry is always very gripping, especially because I have grandparents that lived during WOII when Belgium was an occupied country. Reading poetry like that makes me really thing about how horrifying that time must've been for everyone involved.
June 29th, 2010, 4:28 am
I heard this piece performed a few months ago and I think it's incredible. The composition itself is incredible and very moving ('haunting' is the best description I can think of as far as the music). Once I researched the poem and the meaning behind it, the song was even more moving.