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Edmund Blunden

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

Quotations

  • ''On the green they watched their sons
    Playing till too dark to see,
    As their fathers watched them once,
    As my father once watched me;''
    Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), British poet, critic. Forefathers (l. 19-22). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Like the bee that now is blown,
    Honey-heavy on my hand,
    From his toppling tansy-throne
    In the green tempestuous land—''
    Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), British poet, critic. Forefathers (l. 31-34). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I'm in clover now, nor know
    Who made honey long ago.''
    Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), British poet, critic. Forefathers (l. 35-36). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I have seen a green country, useful to the race,
    Knocked silly with guns and mines, its villages vanished,''
    Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), British poet, critic. Report on Experience (l. 5-6). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
  • ''But not the tallest there, 'tis said,
    Could fathom to this pond's black bed.''
    Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), British poet, critic. The Midnight Skaters (l. 5-6). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.

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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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