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George Barker

(26 February 1913 – 27 October 1991 / Essex, England)

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George Granville Barker was an English poet and author.

Life and Work

Barker was born in Loughton, near Epping Forest in Essex, England, elder brother of Kit Barker [painter] George Barker was raised by his Irish mother and English father in Battersea, London. He was educated at an L.C.C. school and at Regent Street Polytechnic. Having left school at an early age he pursued several odd jobs before settling on a career in writing. Early volumes of note by Barker include Thirty Preliminary Poems (1933), Poems (1935) and Calamiterror (1937), which was inspired by the Spanish Civil War.

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  • ''The imperial multiplicatornothing can nonplus:
    My mother Nature is the origin of it all.''
    George Barker (b. 1913), British poet, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter. O Golden Fleece (l. 19-20). . . Erotic Poetry; the Lyrics, Ballads, Idy...
  • ''The love that kisses with a homicide
    In robes of red generation resurrects.''
    George Barker (b. 1913), British poet, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter. O Golden Fleece (l. 14-15). . . Erotic Poetry; the Lyrics, Ballads, Idy...
  • ''Most near, most dear, most loved and most far,
    Under the window where I often found her
    Sitting as huge as Asia, seismic with laughter,''
    George Barker (b. 1913), British poet, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter. Sonnet to My Mother (l. 1-3). . . Seven Centuries of Poetry; Chaucer to...
  • ''She is a procession no one can follow after
    But be like a little dog following a brass band.''
    George Barker (b. 1913), British poet, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter. Sonnet to My Mother (l. 7-8).
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