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For the Fallen Summary & Analysis
by Laurence Binyon

"For the Fallen" is an elegy written by English poet and playwright Laurence Binyon in 1914—shortly after the outbreak of World War I. First printed in the British newspaper The Times, the deeply patriotic poem mourns, honors, and celebrates the soldiers who died fighting for England in the war. To this day, "For the Fallen" is often recited at WWI memorial services and appears on monuments commemorating the fighting. The poem has a somber, steady rhythm appropriate to the solemnity of an elegy.

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