Explanatory note: So, why all the World War One poetry, you ask? Because I love it, and my love for this poetry is one of the reasons I became so interested in researching that particular historical period, and I want to share. Moonlight Mistress is set during World War One.
Fight to a Finish
The boys came back. Bands played and flags were flying,
And Yellow-Pressmen thronged the sunlit street
To cheer the soldiers who’d refrained from dying,
And hear the music of returning feet.
‘Of all the thrills and ardours War has brought,
This moment is the finest.’ (So they thought.)
Snapping their bayonets on to charge the mob,
Grim Fusiliers broke ranks with glint of steel,
At last the boys had found a cushy job.
. . . .
I heard the Yellow-Pressmen grunt and squeal;
And with my trusty bombers turned and went
To clear those Junkers out of Parliament.
–Siegfried Sassoon, Counter-Attack and Other Poems, 1918
I’m not as familiar with the WWI era, although I do love history, but one of my favorte Dr. Who episodes, which is from Season 3, was “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood”, both of which were set in pre-WWI England. It’s actually a 2-part episode. And I have read some WWI era poets, such as Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen. So it’s great to see some erotic novels set in that time period being published.
“Human Nature” and “Family of Blood” were awesome, weren’t they?