Learning Curve, The Great War
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Useful notes: Source1
A poem written by the mother of a soldier killed in the Great War, 1918
(By courtesy of the Staffordshire Newsletter, 6 November 2003)
  • The mother of a Stafford soldier who was killed in the Great War wrote this poem.
  • It was originally published in a local newspaper in 1918. Poems like this were extremely common.
  • This poem was reprinted in the same newspaper in 2003 as part of a special feature on the Great War.
  • The poem refers to the Germans as Huns. Huns were originally a tribe that attacked Europe in ancient times. The name was later given to the Germans.
  • War poetry is well known, but most people are familiar with war poets such as Wilfred Owen or Siegfried Sassoon. These poets have been studied because of the quality of their writing. This poem is not of the same quality in a literary sense, but it is just as important as an historical source.
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