Set in the mid-Sixties in the shimmering heat of Aden, Yemen, The Last Post centres on a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families. Their job is two-fold: half soldiers and half policemen who face constant insurgency and threat. Danger is everywhere. Hand grenades, mines and sniper attacks are a constant threat.
As the insurgency takes a real hold and casualties mount it becomes harder for everyone not to start to ask the big questions. What are we doing here? Is it right? As the old established order of the Fifties comes apart who will survive and who will flounder?
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Runtime: 60 minutes
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“Last Post” is a poem written by Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, in 2009. It was commissioned by the BBC to mark the deaths of Henry Allingham and Harry Patch, two of the last three surviving British veterans from the First World War, and was first broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 programme Today on 30 July 2009, the date of Allingham's funeral. The poem, named after the “Last Post” (the bugle call used at British ceremonies remembering those killed in war), makes explicit references to Wilfred Owen's poem from the First World War Dulce et Decorum Est. It imagines what would happen if time ran backwards and those killed in the war came back to life; their lives would still be full of possibilities and filled with “love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.” The poem was generally well received, with one commentator saying that it was “simply a damn good poem with rich imagery, cinematic movement and poignant ending.” Another said that it was “moving reversal of history” and a “fine poem”. Duffy herself was quoted as saying that she wanted to honour the tradition of poets who were soldiers.
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The poem received a generally favourable critical reaction. Wagner called it a “moving reversal of history”, a “fine poem”, and “the latest in a noble line of work [about the First World War] that aspires to a kind of salvation.” Heaven said that it was a “poignant and beautiful tribute” to Allingham. It has been called “sombre yet supremely uplifting”. The poem was also noticed in the United States. Jenna Krajeski, a writer for The New Yorker, described it as “another strong at-bat”, and said that the poem highlighted “the power, but also the shortcomings, of poetry” when writing about an “imaginary, impossible event” and also writing about writing about it. The American poet John Lundberg said that the poem was a “surprising success”, adding that not only was it “accessible” and “a fitting tribute to those who served in World War I,” but also “simply a damn good poem with rich imagery, cinematic movement and poignant ending.” However, Christopher Howse, a writer for the Daily Telegraph, took a different view of the poem's merits, saying (under the title “Carol Ann Duffy falls short of Henry Allingham”) that Duffy's verse form was “open, to the point of invisibility”.
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