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Handsome of Heart

This popped up on my Tumblr. Maybe you know this group already. I did not.They have an album coming out, of WWi music.
This poem is Houseman of course. I was pretty sure, and just checked.

And I wonder did he mean hundreds the way we use it here and now? Or did he also mean it in the sense of the English land measurement? And give the remeinder that these were lads that the land had noursihed and was now giving away?

I like the way the video ends with the man smoking, and sort of squinting and he seems to be laughing across the years at us. I too wish I could talk to them.




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Sep. 11th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
Makes me feel melancholy.
Sep. 11th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yes. Me too.
Sep. 11th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
That's rather good. Some of these commemorative songs can come across as being a bit mawkish, but I love the straight down delivery of this and the images are very moving. Show of Hands have done some good stuff.
Sep. 11th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
I love Housman. I've just put up an exhibition in our church which lists every man on the WW1 memorial, anything known about his family, which regiment he served with and where he was killed. The exhibition is called 'The lads that will never grow old' and I used that poem as part of it. I always hear the song cycle by Butterworth when I read the poems, but the folk arrangement was good.
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