Robert Ernest Vernede [1875-1917] was an English poet and writer of short stories, most remembered as a war poet of WWI. Wounded at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, he recovered and returned to the front and was killed by machine-gun fire at Havrincourt in 1917. "England to the Sea" was published in Poems of the Great War, in 1914.
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An Emotional War Poem
Yes, I think it requires further listens to fully absorb, as this poem has a unique structure.
The reference to former sea commanders of the British Empire such as Drake and Nelson. It gives you a feeling for the historical legacy of England and Britain.
His voice booms like a wave crashing on the side of a galley. It fits perfectly.
It is a poem, so yes.