Edmund Blunden and the Poetry of War
In November this year it will be 101 years since the ceasefire that finally ended the First World War (the Armistice demanding all military action to cease took place on 11th November 2018). 2019 is 100 years since the actual peace treaty that formally ended hostilities was signed (June 28th 1919 at the Treaty of Versailles).
We wish to honour the memory of these events by looking particularly at the life and work of Edmund Blunden CBE, MC., alongside the works of other writers of the War.
Blunden served on the front line at Ypres, the Somme and Passchendaele as a junior officer. His experiences affected him for the rest of this life. He is one of a number of First World War poets who are remembered in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. The poetry that describes his experiences ranks alongside the writings of Owen, Sassoon, Graves and others.
This ex pupil of Christ’s Hospital School not only survived the War but went on to be Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. He wrote several books of poetry, edited the works of many others and has had a considerable influence on 20th Century English literature.
Find out more about Blunden’s life and works, as well as that of other writers of the First World War in our libraries throughout the month – Horsham, Billingshurst, Henfield, Pulborough, Southwater, Steyning and Storrington, and also on our website (horshamwriters.co.uk).
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