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The narrator pledges to donate 50% of his proceeds to The Royal British Legion Poppy Day Appeal - please support. "The Man Who Keeps His Head" by Harold Begbie (1871-1929) was published in Poems of the Great War in 1914 on behalf of The Prince of Wales' national Relief Fund. A reporter with the Daily Chronicle at the start of the war, Begbie wrote a number of recruiting poems and visited America to aid the recruitment effort there.

Public Domain (P)2014 Phillip J Mather

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  • 17-08-14

A War Poem About A Non Soldier

If you could sum up The Man Who Keeps His Head in three words, what would they be?

Home Front Poem

What did you like best about this story?

This is a war poem about the man who stays home to work, to feed, to keep the wheels of commerce turning. It's a war poem about men who are not soldiers yet contribute to the welfare and prosperity of a nation at war. I found this take unique among all the war poems I have read or listened to.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is a poem so there is no scene. I just liked the overall tone of the poem.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It is very short and I listened to it numerous times in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

A good narration by Philip Mather. Keeps the poem flowing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful