Who is Max Plowman

Mark Plowman, generally known as Max Plowman, (1 September 1883 – 3 June 1941) was a British writer and pacifist.

Life to 1918

He was born in Northumberland Park, Tottenham, Middlesex. He left school at 16, and worked for a decade in his father's brick business. He became a journalist and poet. In 1914 he married Dorothy Lloyd Sulman.From the beginning of the First World War Plowman felt morally opposed to the fighting – "insane and unmitigated filth" – but on Christmas Eve 1914 he reluctantly volunteered for enlistment in the Territorial Army, Royal Army Medical Corps, 4th Field Ambulance. He later accepted a commission in the 10th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, and serving at Albert, close to the Somme on the Western Front, he suffered concussion from an e...
Read Full Biography of Max Plowman

Max Plowman Poems

  • General Gordon, The Hero Of Khartoum
    Alas! now o'er the civilised world there hangs a gloom
    For brave General Gordon, that was killed in Khartoum,
    He was a Christian hero, and a soldier of the Cross,
    And to England his death will be a very great loss. ...
  • The Miraculous Escape Of Robert Allan, The Fireman
    'Twas in the year of 1858, and on October the fourteenth day,
    That a fire broke out in a warehouse, and for hours blazed away;
    And the warehouse, now destroyed, was occupied by the Messrs R. Wylie, Hill & Co.,
    Situated in Buchanan Street, in the City of Glasgow. ...
  • The Moon
    rming to my sight;
    As I gaze upon thee in the sky so high,
    A tear of joy does moisten mine eye.
  • The Battle Of Sheriffmuir
    'Twas in the year 1715, and on the 10th of November,
    Which the people of Scotland have cause to remember;
    On that day the Earl of Mar left Perth bound for Sheriffmuir,
    At the same time leaving behind a garrison under Colonel Balfour....
  • A Humble Heroine
    'Twas at the Seige of Matagarda, during the Peninsular War,
    That a Mrs Reston for courage outshone any man there by far;
    She was the wife of a Scottish soldier in Matagarda Port,
    And to attend to her husband she there did resort....
Read All Poems

Top 10 most used topics by Max Plowman

Away 4 Great 3 Hero 3 Fight 3 People 3 Brave 3 Fear 3 Command 3 Hard 3 Time 3

Max Plowman Quotes

Read All Quotes

Comments about Max Plowman

War_poets: 10 march 1918 max plowman writes ‘no one will ever know what this war has meant for us… when the clash between instinct & reason is violent then people suffer as hamlet suffered & i don’t know now how we did what we did. '
War_poets: 20 february 1918 max plowman writes ‘yesterday morning i replied acknowledging it and adding “but as it is now more than since i tendered the resignation of my commission i regret that i am unable to comply with these five weeks instructions”’
War_poets: 3 february 1918 max plowman writes ‘when the average soldier says, as he almost invariably does, after his first “bad time” at the front “this isn’t war, it’s bloody murder”, he does so because he realises for the first time that he is not fighting man'
War_poets: 29 january 1915 max plowman writes ‘you know i think the greatest injury war inflicts comes through its power to deny women any place in it. it violates perhaps the greatest of nature’s laws–mutual participation'
War_poets: 27 january 1917 max plowman writes to his younger brother ‘i shall certainly hope to see you before you do anything. meantime two words of advice. 1.don’t go into the ranks of anything. 2.go into anything but infantry.'
Read All Comments

Write your comment about Max Plowman

Poem of the day

Emily Dickinson Poem
How happy I was if I could forget
 by Emily Dickinson


How happy I was if I could forget
To remember how sad I am
Would be an easy adversity
But the recollecting of Bloom

Keeps making November difficult

Read complete poem

Popular Poets