Edmund Blunden

(1 November 1896 – 20 January 1974 / London / England)

Edmund Blunden Poems

1. Thiepval Wood 4/3/2010
2. April Byeway 4/3/2010
3. Concert Party: Busseboom 4/3/2010
4. First Rhymes 4/3/2010
5. The Giant Puff-Ball 4/3/2010
6. To Joy 1/3/2003
7. Pillbox 4/3/2010
8. The Zonnebeke Road 4/3/2010
9. The Ancre At Hamel: Afterwards 4/3/2010
10. The Poor Man's Pig 4/3/2010
11. A Country God 4/3/2010
12. The Watchers 4/3/2010
13. Almswomen 4/3/2010
14. Perch Fishing 4/3/2010
15. Vlamertinghe: Passing The Chateau 1/3/2003
16. The Child's Grave 4/3/2010
17. Can You Remember? 4/3/2010
18. Chinese Paper Knife 11/19/2003
19. Premature Rejoicing 1/3/2003
20. At Senlis Once 1/3/2003
21. Harvest 1/3/2003
22. The Survival 1/3/2003
23. The Midnight Skaters 1/3/2003
24. Forefathers 1/3/2003
25. 1916 Seen From 1921 1/3/2003
26. Report On Experience 1/3/2003
27. Preparations For Victory 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Edmund Blunden

Preparations For Victory

My soul, dread not the pestilence that hags
The valley; flinch not you, my body young.
At these great shouting smokes and snarling jags
Of fiery iron; as yet may not be flung
The dice that claims you. Manly move among
These ruins, and what you must do, do well;
Look, here are gardens, there mossed boughs are hung
With apples who bright cheeks none might excel,
And there's a house as yet unshattered by a shell.

"I'll do my best," the soul makes sad reply,
"And I will mark the yet unmurdered tree,
The tokens of dear homes that court the eye,

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At Senlis Once

how comely it was and how reviving,
When with clay and with death no longer striving
Down firm roads we came to houses
With women chattering and green grass thriving.

Now though rains in a cataract descended,
We could glow, with our tribulation ended--
Count not days, the present only
Was thought of, how could it ever be expended?

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