The narrator pledges to donate 50% of his proceeds to The Royal British Legion Poppy Day Appeal - please support. The Fourth of August  was the day that Britain entered into World War One. This poem by Laurence Binyon reminds the British public of their heroic past, and that the travails that lie ahead are justified by the righteous cause, and by following in the footsteps of those who fought before they will vanquish the foe.
Public Domain (P)2014 Phillip J Mather
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"The War Begins. A Call To Arms"
Yes, because it is beautifully written and gloriously narrated. It is an excellent example of how war brings forth feeling of national unity. The outrage the poet felt is palpable.
The rhyming in this poem is exquisite. For instance:
Among the nations nobliest chartered,
England recalls her heritage.
In her is that which is not bartered,
Which force can neither quell nor cage.
The entire poem builds up to a crescendo of emotion.
The last two stanzas are very moving.
The narrator did an excellent job with this poem. One of his better performances.
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