Just seven weeks after the beginning of the Great War, as casualty lists started appearing in British newspapers, Lawrence Binyon, an English poet, dramatist and art scholar was moved to write this poem as he contemplated the huge loses whilst looking out to sea beyond the East Cliff above Portreath in central North Cornwall.
The poem was first published on 21 September, 1914 in the Times newspaper. 2014 marks its centenary and is best known for the fourth verse as The League Ode for Australian Commemorative Services. Its use on Anzac Day might have originated with the Queensland Anzac Day Commemoration Committee, which printed the poem on the cover of a collection of sermons and addresses for Anzac Day, published in 1921.
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