Lest We Forget

“Closed are the doors that stood so wide-
The white beds empty, side by side.”

These are the last lines from the poem The Measure by Mary Gilmore.

Mary is trying to express death in these two lines of the poem and the image that she uses is extremely compelling. The term ‘open doors’ usually indicated potential or opportunities, but these doors that were open wide are now closed. there is no opportunity after death and the beds they occupied while they were injured after war is now empty.


Stamford Military Hospital 1917

This draws a strong concern towards all the young children that were being deployed for the means of war which was not only cruel but unjustifiable. All the lives that they lost just for hatred and power.


I would like to commend Micheal for timing this poem and period right before the ANZAC day long weekend, compelling us to understand why this day is so important for us; why their lives matter so much and why this subject is still so sensitive after 100 years of it.

War is a very brutal solution which cannot be justified for any reason. All we can do now is honour the people who fearlessly entered the battlefield and defended this country.



5 thoughts on “Lest We Forget

  1. Hey, Prathana,

    Just want to start off by saying that this is a great entry. You’ve shown a good understanding of the poem, ‘The Measure’. I agree with you on the point you made about ANZAC day. I also like the picture you’ve included, as it enhances your entry. In order to improve this entry, I would expand a bit more on the previous points you were trying to make, and just remember to put capital letters when needed, for instance when you started a new sentence saying “there” in the first paragraph.

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  3. I want you to know how much I appreciate your understanding of the topic. I find very interesting your connection with the metaphor of the open doors. He helped me to focus more closely on the words “closed..doors” skilfully used by the author in a negative sense. It is also really impressive the way you move into contemporary scenarios, as the recently celebrated anzac day. The only criticism I have for this blog entry was that you only did a little bit of analysis. It would have been good if you expanded upon this literary analysis a bit more. For example how Mary Gilmore uses the last terms of the last line “side by side” to explicitly refer back to the title “The Measure”. Other than that I really enjoyed reading this post and cannot wait to read more!

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    1. Hey Barbara,

      Thank you for your comment! I agree with you on the minimal analysis criticism. I think this topic needs much more attention than I have paid here. Oh and the comparison you made between the title and the “side by side” part of he last line was ingenious! I got so caught up in the picture Mary Gilmore was trying to portray that I completely omitted the title.

      I’ll make sure to update it with some elaboration on those points.



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