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November 9, 2014

"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red."


Tom Piper is a British theater designer who has captured the heart and soul of his nation this fall with a simple, eloquent and beautiful display of patriotism that combines pacifism with nationalism. The exhibit arrived at just the right moment for a nation ravaged by self-doubts on many fronts. Collaborating with ceramic artist Paul Cummins, Tom Piper has filled the moat of the Tower of London with red ceramic poppies -- 888,246, in all -- one to commemorate each of the young boys who died fighting for the Commonwealth in World War I, which began 100 years ago this summer. Don Surber: Why ceramic poppies

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 9, 2014 3:07 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Very moving. Congratulations to Paul Cummins the artist.

Posted by: Casey Klahn [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 9, 2014 4:12 PM

The poppy display is very beautiful and moving. The ceremony at the Cenotaph this morning was even more so. Just to see the Sovereign and her court - and the crowd - observe the full 2 minutes of silence was very beautiful.

But I can't resist objecting to this phrasing: " one to commemorate each of the young boys who died fighting for the Commonwealth in World War I"

The fighting men who gave their lives for the Empire were not all "young boys" and even the youngsters among them earned the style of "men" - did they not? I vote against sentimentalizing the slaughter by characterizing the dead as "young boys" a la Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and the other homoerotic poets of the war.

The cold-blooded enthusiasm of Guillaume Apollinaire has always seemed to me much more refreshing, if shocking, as in "Merveille de la guerre."

Posted by: Punditarian [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 9, 2014 4:29 PM

Posted by: Mother Effingby [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2014 6:34 AM

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