LibriVox volunteers bring you 22 recordings of To a Dog by John Jay Chapman (1862-1933), published in 1917. This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 30th to November 13th 2011, to mark this year’s festivals of remembrance.
Chapman’s son Victor was the first American pilot to lose his life in aerial combat, while serving with the Escadrille Américaine in the First World War. This poem tells of the heartbreak of a bereaved father; the sentiment, though attributed to the son’s dog, is familiar to all who have lost someone they loved, in peace or war. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)
http://www.archive.org/download/toadog_1111_librivox/toadog_chapman_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 28s (mp3@64kb)