Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936 / London, England)

Who Goes Home? - Poem by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In the city set upon slime and loam
They cry in their parliament 'Who goes home?'
And there comes no answer in arch or dome,
For none in the city of graves goes home.
Yet these shall perish and understand,
For God has pity on this great land.

Men that are men again; who goes home?
Tocsin and trumpeter! Who goes home?
For there's blood on the field and blood on the foam
And blood on the body when Man goes home.
And a voice valedictory . . . Who is for Victory?
Who is for Liberty? Who goes home?


Comments about Who Goes Home? by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • (12/6/2015 5:37:00 AM)


    everybody goes home after victory (Report) Reply

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  • (8/15/2015 11:45:00 AM)


    the way he becomes rhetorical in the second stanza totally engages the reader.i love this poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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