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Fall In by Harold Begbie

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Haroon Rashid

on 19 June 2014

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Transcript of Fall In by Harold Begbie

(Edward Harold Begbie)

"What will you lack, sonny, what will you lack,
When the girls line up the street
Shouting their love to the lads to come back
From the foe they rushed to beat?
Will you send a strangled cheer to the sky
And grin till your cheeks are red?
But what will you lack when your mate goes by
With a girl who cuts you dead?
Born in the year 1871 and died on October 8, 1929
Edward was the 5th son of Mars Hamilton Begbie
He was an English author and journalist
He published about 50 books and poems
Lastly he was extremely nationalistic


Started out with farming
Later Edward moved to London and joined the Daily Chronicle
And a few months later joined the Globe
Arthur Mee was one of Begbie's best friends.
He helped him out by giving him one of his first writings.
At the beginning of WWI Begbie wrote a lot of recruiting poems and visited America on behalf of his paper
Some of his articles he wrote there were used as propaganda
Where will you look, sonny, where will you look,
When your children yet to be
Clamour to learn of the part you took
In the War that kept men free?
Will you say it was naught to you if France
Stood up to her foe or bunked?
But where will you look when they give the glance
That tells you they know you funked?

How will you fare, sonny, how will you fare
In the far-off winter night,
When you sit by the fire in an old man's chair
And your neighbors talk of the fight?
Will you slink away, as it were from a blow,
Your old head shamed and bent?
Or say - I was not with the first to go,
But I went, thank God, I went?
Why do they call, sonny, why do they call
For men who are brave and strong?
Is it naught to you if your country fall,
And Right is smashed by Wrong?
Is it football still and the picture show,
The pub and the betting odds,
When your brothers stand to the tyrant's blow,
And England's call is God's!'

He was strong in his religion
He was involved with the Oxford Group which was later called Moral Re-Armament
He was also involved in the Salvation Army
Fall-In Analysis
-Fall in is a social commentary.
-It was used during WWI as propaganda to get men to enlist in the British army.
-Type of poem: Jingoistic (nationalism)
Definition: The act of using rhetorical means to provide commentary on issues in a society. This is often done with the idea of implementing or promoting change by informing the general populace about a given problem and appealing to people's sense of justice.

In this case the problem was WWI and the Germans, and he used his poem to appeal to his reader's sense of justice.
Author sounds condescending, guilting readers into serving

Solemn in the sense of being lectured by a peer.
First stanza:
-talks about how they would feel when the men who were fighting come home and were being cheered but they themselves weren't
-says people (especially women) will love you if you fight
Second stanza:
-addresses what the future will be like when you have children that'll ask what you did in the war and it asks how will you respond if you didn't go.
-interesting line: (Will you say it was naught to you if France, Stood up to her foe or bunked?)
-france was an ally of Britian, definitly most fighting between them and Germany
-tries to make you believe you'll be ashamed when your kids know you messed up
Third stanza:
-Finally asks what it'll be like when you're old and sitting around with your fellow old people and they're telling stories from the war and you have nothing to share.

-(old head shamed and bent)
Fourth Stanza:
-Asks why they call for strong and brave men (insinuating reader is not strong/brave if he doesn't go) (affects pride)
-Asks if reader even cares if evil beats good
-Asks if playing games, drinking, and watching movies is more important than fighting a tyrant
-will they be doing that when their brothers stand up against evil
-Last line very important (And England's call is God's)
-this is saying that basically the enemy of England is the enemy of God, and the readers are being called by God to fight. (very nationalistic)
Propaganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of the community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda statements may be partly false and partly true. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.
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