Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

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Rupert Chawner Brooke was born at Rugby on 3rd August 1887, the middle of the three sons of William and Mary Brooke. William Brooke was a Classics master at Rugby, where Rupert and this brothers Richard and William grew up under the watchful eye of their domineering mother. Brooke was educated at Hillbrow Preparatory School, […]

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Robert Graves

Robert Graves

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Robert Von Ranke Graves was born in Wimbledon on 24th July 1895, the third of five children born to Alfred Perceval Graves and his second wife, Amalie Elizabeth Von Ranke. Graves was educated at Charterhouse School, where he was befriended and influenced by one of the masters, mountaineer, George Mallory. In 1914, Graves has just […]

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Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington

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Richard Aldington was born Edward Godfree Aldington in Portsmouth on 8th July 1892. His father Albert was a solicitor’s clerk and when Edward as still an infant, Albert and his wife Jessie moved to Dover in Kent, where they had three more children. At a young age, Edward took a strong dislike to his given […]

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Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy - 'Woodbine Willie'

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy

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Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy was born in Leeds on June 27th 1883, the seventh of nine children born to Reverend William Studdert Kennedy and his second wife, Joan. Geoffrey also had five half-siblings from his father’s first marriage and this large family lived a happy life in the poor parish of St Mary’s Quarry Hill, […]

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Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger

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Alan Seeger was born in New York on 22nd June 1888, the second of three children born to Charles and Elsie Seeger. The following year, the family moved to Staten Island, where they lived for the next nine years and where Alan attended the Staten Island Academy. Alan was always a dreamy, somewhat romantic child, […]

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Jessie Pope

Jessie Pope

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It is, perhaps, ironic that Jessie Pope should share her date of birth (although not the year) with Wilfred Owen, who vilified her and her type in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est. Her reputation today mainly persists due to Wilfred Owen’s original dedication of that poem to her, and his criticism therein of her […]

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

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Born on 18th March 1893 in Plas Wilmot near Oswestry in Shropshire, Wilfred Owen would eventually become one of the most famous war poets in the English language. His poetry is now most certainly the most widely read and studied within this genre and forms the introduction to the First World War for many individuals. […]

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Birdsong – Part Two

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Despite my misgivings about the first part of the BBC adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong, I still had fairly high hopes for the second half. Okay, there was a lot to cram in to one episode, but at least it would mainly focus around Stephen Wraysford, his comrades and their reactions, rather than the slightly […]

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Katharine Tynan

Katharine Tynan

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Born on January 23rd 1861 at Whitehall Dairy Farm in Clondalkin, County Dublin, Katharine Tynan was the seventh child of Andrew Cullen Tynan and his wife Elizabeth (née O’Reilly). A Catholic family, which eventually numbered twelve children, the Tynans were dairy farmers, although Andrew Tynan was also an entrepreneur. Following her education at the Dominican […]

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Birdsong Review – Part One

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PLEASE NOTE: This article contains spoilers because it is based not just on the BBC adaptation, but on the story as a whole. I began watching the BBC’s adaptation of Birdsong as not the world’s greatest fan of this novel, or its author, but with fairly high hopes, based on the trailers that have been […]

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