Tag Archive: Ivor Gurney

To His Love by Ivor Gurney

To His Love by Ivor Gurney poster

The poem given below is of unknown date which was first published in 1919. This piece may be about the assumed death of Gurney’s friend F. W. Harvey (who it later transpired was not dead, but a prisoner of war), or it may be about another friend, or about death in general. A poem of […]

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Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden

Edmund Charles Blunden was born on London on November 1st 1896, the oldest child of headmaster Charles Blunden and his wife, Margaret (née Georgina Margaret Tyler). After the arrival of two more children, the Blundens moved to Yalding in Kent, where Charles became headmaster of the local village school. Edmund passed a very happy childhood […]

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Ivor Gurney

Ivor Gurney

Born on August 28th 1890, Ivor Gurney typified the fine line that is often said to exist between genius and insanity. His talent for musical composition and poetry hid a troubled mind that the battlefields of the First World War would ultimately destroy. The son of a master tailor, Gurney grew up among working-class people, […]

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Literary Connections No.5: Edward Thomas

Literary Connections No.5

Literary Connections No.5, shows the links between Edward Thomas, Ivor Gurney, Edmund Blunden, Siegfried Sassoon, and Rupert Brooke.

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The Red Sweet Wine of Youth – The Brave and Brief Lives of the War Poets

The Red Sweet Wine of Youth by Nicholas Murray cover

A group portrait of the poets of the First World War by Nicholas Murray Published by: Little, Brown Cover Price: £25.00 All references given below refer to the hardback edition. Before reviewing this book, I thought I would read the opinions of others and, upon doing so, discovered it had been almost universally praised as […]

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