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For the fallen
For the fallen (1914)
by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)


Download For the fallen [pdf]

For the fallen [pdf] (anzacwebsites.com)
Our one-page handout containing the poem For the fallen and a photograph and very basic information about its author, Laurence Binyon.

For the fallen (awm.gov.au)
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The Ode
The Ode
(a stanza from For the fallen by Laurence Binyon)


Download The Ode [pdf]

The Ode [pdf] (anzacwebsites.com)
Our one-page handout containing the Ode and a photograph and very basic information about its author, Laurence Binyon.

The Ode (army.gov.au)
The Ode (from For the fallen, by Laurence Binyon) is commonly read as a component of ceremonies on Anzac Day (and Remembrance Day). This web page comments on the past controversy (in Australia only) over whether the words at the end of the Ode's second line are "the years condemn" or "the years contemn". It is now generally accepted that "the years condemn" is the correct expression.

Their Spirit: Our History [pdf]  (awm.gov.au)
This 45-page document opens at page 38 for the Ode and its background.

 

In Flanders fields
In Flanders fields (1915)
by John McCrae (1872-1918)


Download In Flanders fields [pdf]

In Flanders fields [pdf] (anzacwebsites.com)
Our one-page handout containing the poem In Flanders fields and a photograph and very basic information about its author, John McCrae.

In Flanders Fields (en.wikipedia.org)

In Flanders Fields (awm.gov.au)

In Flanders fields [pdf] (awm.gov.au)
Information about poppies, In Flanders fields, the Ode, For the fallen.

 

We shall keep the faith
We shall keep the faith (1918)
by Moina Michael (1869-1944)

Professor Moina Michael was inspired by John McCrae's poem In Flanders fields and wrote her poem in response to it. She is known as the "Poppy lady" for her idea of selling poppies to raise funds for returned service personnel.


Download We shall keep the faith [pdf]

We shall keep the faith [pdf] (anzacwebsites.com)
Our one-page handout containing the poem We shall keep the faith and a photograph and very basic information about its author, Moina Michael.


 

Poems by Gallipoli soldiers Poems to be read on Anzac Day (jill-hamilton.com)
Seven poems written by Gallipoli soldiers: five by Leon Gellert from Adelaide, one by Edward Harrington and one by R.J. Godfrey.

Gallipoli (dbolitho.co.uk)
Gallipoli, a poem written by NSW-born Staff Sergeant Sydney Bolitho while serving at Gallipoli in 1915.

The Anzac Book
T
here are many poems written by Gallipoli soldiers in The Anzac Book, although some would be inappropriate for Anzac Day commemorations. An archived version of The Anzac Book is available. See our Early books page for more information.
 
Poems by other WW1 soldiers
Soldiers' Poems (blogs.slq.qld.gov.au)
A book of 11 poems written by Sergeant Charles Townsend O'Neill and apparently published in 1919.
- Note that instead of using the very large (62 megabytes) pdf download link (called "Soldiers poems") near the bottom of the web page, you can instead use this 4 megabytes version of Soldiers' Poems.
- Note also the expression of doubt about Charles O'Neill being the author of all of the poems.
- Additional information (State Library of Queensland) makes it clear that C.T. O'Neill's full name is Charles Townsend O'Neill.

 
Other poems about Gallipoli
On the Landing of our Troops at Gallipoli (naa.gov.au)
This poem written by Joan Torrance in 1923 conveys to the world that the bravery of Australian soldiers at Gallipoli had turned Australia into a nation that could hold its head high.
- If the National Archives of Australia copy is unavailable, you can download a one-page pdf file or a jpg image of the poem.









Ninety Years Ago (scribd.com)
A poem written by Rupert McCall for Anzac Day 2005. Reproduced by the Brisbane Times in 2008 as Ninety-three years ago.

War poems (poetrylibrary.edu.au)
The notes in the left-hand column of this collection of poems refer to these tributes to the Anzacs at Gallipoli:
- The Soul of the Anzac by Roderic Quinn
- The Twenty-Fifth of April by Roderic Quinn


 

 

 

More Anzac poems Poetry with an ANZAC Theme (anzacday.org.au)
16 poems for possible use in memorial services, or "just to assist in understanding what ANZAC Day is all about."

War poems (poetrylibrary.edu.au)
These poems about the Anzacs and the Anzac campaign are specifically identified in the notes in the left-hand column of the web page:
- ANZAC by John Le Gay Brereton
- Anzac Park by Thomas Shapcott
- War by Thomas Shapcott

- Other People by Chris Wallace-Crabbe
However, many more poems about the Anzacs and Australia's participation in World War 1 are provided.

See also Remembrance Day poems (but note that some of these are suitable for Remembrance Day rather than Anzac Day)
 
Song lyrics War to End Wars (greghastings.com)
"So many years have gone by..."
 
Music

For music files and sheet music see Music (Anzac Day ceremonies)

See also Music for ceremonies (Remembrance Day)
 

 

See also:

Anzac Day ceremonies

Anzac Day music

Remembrance Day music

Remembrance Day ceremonies

Remembrance Day poems

 

 

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