This poem was composed during the First World War, when Indian soldiers were combined with British troops and fought in France, Flanders, and other distant lands. They were killed there. As a result, they were buried in foreign countries rather than in India. As a result, the burials are referred to as alien graves....
"This tomb holds all that was mortal of a young English poet who, on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart at the Malicious Power of his Enemies, ordered these lines to be etched on his Tomb Stone: Here lays One whose Name was writ in Water. 24 February 1821."
John Keats died at the age of 26 in London after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. He is considered one of the greatest poets of all time and his work has been cited as an influence by many other poets including William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron.
Keats is buried in the town cemetery of Hampstead. However, because this was not yet established when he died, he was instead given temporary burial space in a pauper's grave within the churchyard of St John's Church in Wentworth Place. This was later replaced by a monument designed by Charles Voysey.
Keats's remains were exhumed from this site in 1856 and taken by train to new graves near some trees in the corner of the churchyard of St Michael's Church in Keats's home city of Rome. These were then moved again in 1895 to their current location in a small white marble sarcophagus set into a grassy bank near the entrance to the church. This was built by Carrara Marble based on designs by George Frederick Bodley.
"In Flanders Fields" is the title of the Remembrance Day poem. It is frequently repeated at memorial ceremonies for those who died in both world wars, despite the fact that it was composed during World War I. The poem was first published in a Canadian newspaper in late November 1919.
The words are by Canadian war poet John McCrae. They express his grief over the death of many young men from Canada and other countries who had been serving in the First World War. Although McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" while he was still in Canada, the poem became popular after its publication in a British magazine in January 1920. Today it is regarded as one of the best poems about war.
McCrae based his poem on a line from Laurence Hope's 1819 poem "The Broken Heart".
Laurence Hope was a Scottish poet known for his sentimental poetry. His most famous work is probably "The Fatal Shore", which tells the story of two young people from very different backgrounds who are forced to marry against their will when the man's family needs the money she can bring them. After they have spent several months trying to get along with each other, he goes off to fight in the Australian War of Independence and she dies alone and poor.
The poem The Gift of India is a memorial to all of these warriors. The poem recounts the exploits and sacrifices of Indian warriors. According to the poet, all of these troops were deserving sons of Mother India, and it was India's gift of her boys to the British. As a result, the title is both appropriate and appropriate. The poem is also sad because although these soldiers had fought for their country, they could never return home.
Gift here means sacrifice. These men had sacrificed everything for their country. So, the poem is a tribute to them and also a plea that another such gift not be made in their memory.
It is interesting to note that while writing this poem, Wordsworth was inspired by the death of two young men in the Napoleonic Wars. One was James Wilson, a friend who died at the age of 26 while serving with the 45th Regiment of Foot. The other man was William Tomkinson, a 25-year-old carpenter from Gloucestershire who died while serving with the 50th Regiment of Foot.
Both these men have been remembered every year on the fourth day of April since then. That is when we honor their memories by reading or listening to The Gift of India.
Wordsworth also wrote another poem about this subject called Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.