A Song of the Guns

Gilbert Frankau (1884 - 1952)

"A Song of the Guns was written under what are probably the most remarkable conditions in which a poem has ever been composed. The author, who is now serving in Flanders, was present at the battle of Loos, and during a lull in the fighting--when the gunners, who had been sleepless for five nights, were resting like tired dogs under their guns--he jotted down the main theme of the poem. After the battle the artillery brigade to which he was attached was ordered to Ypres, and it was during the long trench warfare in this district, within sight of the ruined tower of Ypres Cathedral, that the poem was finally completed. The last three stanzas were written at midnight in Brigade Headquarters with the German shells screaming over into the ruined town." - Summary by Publisher's Note

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Publisher's Note Nemo
Play 01 A Song of the Guns Nemo
Play 02 The Voice of the Slaves Nemo
Play 03 Headquarters Nemo
Play 04 Gun-Teams Nemo
Play 05 Eyes in the Air Nemo
Play 06 Signals Nemo
Play 07 The Observers Nemo
Play 08 Ammunition Column Nemo
Play 09 The Voice of the Guns Nemo