Ivor Gurney

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Ivor Bertie Gurney (28 August 1890 - 26 December 1937) was an English composer and war poet.

Born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester in 1890, Gurney sang as a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral, from 1900 to 1906, when he became an articled pupil of Dr Herbert Brewer at the cathedral. During this time he met composer Herbert Howells, also a pupil of Brewer, and, in 1908, he met the future ... more »

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  • Gerald Cassad (7/3/2019 3:38:00 PM)

    To England a note is about his war expierences and seeing dead soldiers on stakes and on barbed wire, and some being shot

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  • John mason (1/3/2019 11:23:00 AM)

    What I want to do is analyse but I want to no what the poem means

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  • John mason (12/6/2018 2:12:00 PM)

    I want to analyse to England a note

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Best Poem of Ivor Gurney

The Silent One

Who died on the wires, and hung there, one of two -
Who for his hours of life had chattered through
Infinite lovely chatter of Bucks accent:
Yet faced unbroken wires; stepped over, and went
A noble fool, faithful to his stripes - and ended.
But I weak, hungry, and willing only for the chance
Of line- to fight in the line, lay down under unbroken
Wires, and saw the flashes and kept unshaken,
Till the politest voice - a finicking accent, said:
‘Do you think you might crawl through there: there's a hole.'
Darkness shot at: I smiled, as politely replied –
‘I'm ...

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