Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

30 days until Armistice

Today we feature: Soliloquies of a subaltern by Eric Cooper. Not all war poets were great war poets, but Eric Cooper’s verses were very popular and echoed many of the themes immortalised in Bairnsfather’s cartoons (on display in another case)

I’d rather clean a bayonet from the scarlet stain upon it,

And feel that I was helping as I should,

Than be widely celebrated as the author of a sonnet

Supposing for an instant that I could.