Afterwards: May Wedderburn Cannan - 'Women Demobilised'
May Wedderburn Cannan - 'Women Demobilised'
Read the poem (on www. or below)
What issues does it raise in terms of the role of women in society?
Can you find material to support the changing role of women?
Women Demobilised - July 1919
Now must we go again back to the world
Full of grey ghosts and voices of men dying,
And in the rain the sounding of Last Posts,
And Lovers' crying -
Back to the old, back to the empty world.
Now are put by the bugles and the drums,
And the worn spurs, and the great swords they carried,
Now are we made most lonely, proudly, theirs,
The men we married :
Under the dome the long roll of the drums.
Now are the Fallen happy and sleep sound,
Now, in the end, to us is come the paying,
These who return will find the love they spend,
But we are praying
Love of our Lovers fallen who sleep sound.
Now in our hearts abides always our war,
Time brings, to us, no day for our forgetting,
Never for us is folded War away,
Dawn or sun setting,
Now in our hearts abides always our war.
This Pathway is to be used for revision purposes, predominantly. Whilst the over-arching theme is ‘Afterwards,’ several further themes ('Disillusionment,' 'Memoirs,' 'Sacrifice') emerge and pupils should be encouraged to explore these.
The main aim of the Pathway is to enable pupils to draw connections between works. This is especially useful for those sitting the AQA Unit 6 paper, ‘Reading for Meaning.’ They should also be encouraged to analyse literature of different forms (poetry & prose), focusing on how the pieces fit in to literary tradition / the canon.
The tasks relating to the various sources are listed within the ‘Page Details’ section of the page. Feel free to add to these where necessary.
Created by Hannah.