Edward Shanks

[War poet] (1892 - 1953 / London / UK)

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Edward Richard Buxton Shanks (11 June 1892 – 4 May 1953) was an English writer, known as a war poet of World War I, then as an academic and journalist, and literary critic and biographer. He also wrote some science fiction.
He was born in London, and educated at Merchant Taylors' School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He passed his B.A. in History in 1913. He was editor of Granta from ... more »

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  • Christopher Tye Christopher Tye (3/17/2017 3:26:00 PM)

    Edward Shanks' poetry is among the finest ever created in England and he deserves to far better known then he is at the moment.

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The Beach Of Shells

There is a beach upon a western shore
Which those who know it call the Beach of Shells,
For there the secret tides conspire to pour

Yearly a haryest raised in the deep-sea swells,
The empty houses of bright water-things,
In heaps of whorls and cones and fluted bells.

These hither a certain drift of current brings,
And on a bayed shelf in the rock bestows
Year after year their softly shining rings

Of lavender and pearl, umber and rose,
Of iridescent sheen, dim-shaded dun,
Of red that smoulders and of red that glows,

To lie there glistening ...

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