Ode (a stanza from For the
fallen by Laurence Binyon)
Download The Ode
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.
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
by Moina Michael
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
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
many poems written by Gallipoli soldiers in The Anzac Book,
although some would be inappropriate for Anzac Day commemorations.
archived version of The Anzac Book is
available. See our Early books page for more
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.
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)