Royal Mail has worked with The Poetry Society to select the quotations from First World War poems which appear on its Special Stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The latest stamp, featuring a quote from ‘Dead Man’s Dump‘ by Isaac Rosenberg has been launched as part of the fourth commemorative set on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, and features typography by Kelvyn Laurence Smith. The stamp will be distributed to millions of households in the UK, and is available to buy from Royal Mail.
Earth has waited for them,
All the time of their growth
– from ‘Dead Man’s Dump’ by Isaac Rosenberg
In Royal Mail’s advance research with the public into the Great War, the impact of the War Poets and other poetry of the period was one of the most frequently cited aspects that people related to. Each year from 2014-18 lines from a different poem directly relating to events 100 years before are featured on a stamp within future Great War sets. The three previous stamps have featured quotes from Vera Brittain’s ‘For My Brother‘, CH Sorley’s ‘All the Hills and Vales Along‘ and Laurence Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen‘ – all the poems are available to read in full on the Poetry Society website.