As an author and soldier-poet of the Great War, his literary career as a teacher, scholar, biographer and editor culminated in his election as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University in 1966. His pioneering literary work on John Clare, Wilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney made these poets available to the twentieth century reader for the first time.
Poet, literary editor, journalist, biographer and lecturer
His prose account of the war, Undertones of War is still in print. It is accompanied by a supplement of poems, some written while he was still at the front.
His pioneering literary work on John Clare, Wilfred Owen, Leigh Hunt and Ivor Gurney made these poets available to the twentieth century reader for the first time.
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Like his friend Siegfried Sassoon, he wrote of his experiences in World War I in both verse and prose. For most of his career, Blunden was also a reviewer for English publications and an academic in Tokyo and later Hong Kong. He ended his career as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature six times.
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The war remained a backdrop to his prolific writing which leaves a continuing testimony to the after-effects of war on the human mind.
He worked between 1919 and 1970 as a poet, literary editor, journalist, biographer and lecturer, travelling and teaching in England, Japan and Hong Kong.
His connections with the Far East spanned from 1924 – 1964. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford University in 1966.