poemof the moment
And we run because we like it Through the broad bright land.
about the poem
The poem suggests the freedom of running, the elemental connections a runner makes, but came out of the poet’s training his regiment’s runners in the divisional cross-country championships. Sorley knew what it was to run for sheer pleasure as well as the joy of winning. Image: Meia Maratona Internacional do RJ 2010 by Digo_Souza, under a Creative Commons licence
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Celebrating the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, this poem salutes the release from the world of work and the physical exhilaration of running. It is poignant because the Scottish poet was to die aged 20 in WWI, and that anniversary is almost upon us, too.
Charles Hamilton Sorley
Sorley was born in Aberdeen, but his family moved to Cambridge when he was five. In 1908 he won a scholarship to Marlborough College, where he developed a passion for cross-country running. He enlisted with the Suffolk Regiment in August 1914. A year later he had been serving in France for a couple of months, and was a Captain. He was killed in action in the Battle of Loos on 13 October 1915. His collection Marlborough and other poems was published by Cambridge University Press in 1916.