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Edmund Blunden

(1896—1974) poet and university teacher


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(1896–1974),

poet and scholar. In 1914 he experienced war in the trenches and later wrote poems, such as ‘Third Ypres’, and ‘Report on Experience’, now highly regarded. In 1920 he published a small edition of MS poems of Clare. Volumes of poems largely of rural life include The Waggoner (1920), The Shepherd (1922), and English Poems (1925). His best‐known work, Undertones of War (1928), describes the double destruction of man and nature in Flanders. His first Collected Poems appeared in 1930, as did a biography of Leigh Hunt. In 1931 he produced a collected edition of the work of W. Owen. Further volumes of his own poems were collected as Poems 1930–1940; a study of Hardy appeared in 1941, and a biography of Shelley in 1946. He published a volume of poems, After the Bombing (1950), more contemplative and searching than his previous work. In 1954 he produced an edition of the almost unknown I. Gurney. He was appointed professor of poetry at Oxford in 1966.

Subjects: Literature.


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