The narrator pledges to donate 50% of his proceeds to The Royal British Legion Poppy Day Appeal - please support. In "Wake up England", published in 1914 at the start of the Great War, Poet Laureate Robert Bridges urges the British citizenry to support the war by appealing to their sense of patriotism and duty, mindful that God is on their side.
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England stands for Honour. God defend the Right
War Awakens England
The poem has a quick and flowing rhythm and the rhyming is simple and good. I also liked how the English saw themselves as fighting for peace and honor, a chivalrous quest for right. They saw themselves as peacemakers of the world, much as Americans see themselves today. It is interesting to see these parallels.
He read the poem well. His narration was forceful and energetic, as this poem dictates. I enjoyed listening to it.
This is a poem that one could listen to again and again.
True British spirit.
The way it epitomises the true British spirit, the pride my father has, and grandfathers had in their country. The words in this poem are so powerful that, even today 100 years later, you can understand why thousands gave their lives for the sake of their beloved England.
I love this poem, however, it is so much better listening to the narrator Phillip J. Mather. His wonderful true British voice not only gives the words of the poem a fitting ring, but also his pride in his homeland shows through.
I listened to it, again and again and I shall continue to enjoy it for many years.
- Susan Keefe