Owen Seaman (1861-1936) was best known as the editor of the humorous and satirical magazine Punch from 1906 to 1932. Most of his poetry and writing was accordingly in a satiric and parodic vein. John M. Munro, the editor of the anthology English Poetry in Transition: 1880-1920 (Pegasus, 1968) says that during the 1914-1918 war Seaman wrote a "number of verses of a somewhat mindless, patriotic kind, reflecting the optimism and devotion to his native land rather than the stirrings of poetic genius." Elsewhere in the same anthology Munro refers to Seaman's book of poems War Time (1915) as "a mixture of satiric verse and patriotic doggerel."