Posted on June 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

One might well expect poetry to be written about D-Day, and it has.

You can read “Normandy” by Cyril Crain — who fought in the invasion — as well as “Little Ships” on the website Metro.

And it’s also worth glancing over Paul Verlaine's “Chanson d’automne,” written long before World War II.

That’s because the Allies broadcast the first six lines of it, on two separate days, as signals to the French to begin sabotaging rail lines.

“When a sighing begins / In the violins / Of the autumn-song” told the Resistance to wait until they heard the following three lines — “My heart is drowned / In the slow sound / Languorous and long” to take action.

Read more about the plan in Vox and read the poem in its entirety here.

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You can also read my poem, Normandy, at
David E. Gates | 6/7/19 at 8:41 AM
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