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Blunden’s daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett

Blunden's daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett on 7 May 2020 about his unpublished poem 'V Day' Here is a slightly edited transcript of the interview. Emma: Margi is one of Edmund's children and she had no idea that the poem existed until a few months ago, what a...

Two literary events to launch latest Blunden collection

BLUNDEN - NEW PERSPECTIVES By Philip Underwood It's not often that new perspectives are shed on WW1 poets. But, at two launches of the latest selection of Blunden's poetry at Glasgow University, and at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh last week, it was his...

Edmund Blunden VE Day poem

V DayIf only bits of paper could speak! This manuscript, rescued from the roundabout of circulation these manuscripts often find themselves on, has found its purpose in a way it could never have dreamt of.In 2001 the Imperial War Museum purchased an unpublished poem...

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Blunden’s daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett

Blunden's daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett on 7 May 2020 about his unpublished poem 'V Day' Here is a slightly edited transcript of the interview. Emma: Margi is one of Edmund's children and she had no idea that the poem existed until a few months ago, what a...

Two literary events to launch latest Blunden collection

BLUNDEN - NEW PERSPECTIVES By Philip Underwood It's not often that new perspectives are shed on WW1 poets. But, at two launches of the latest selection of Blunden's poetry at Glasgow University, and at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh last week, it was his...

Edmund Blunden VE Day poem

V DayIf only bits of paper could speak! This manuscript, rescued from the roundabout of circulation these manuscripts often find themselves on, has found its purpose in a way it could never have dreamt of.In 2001 the Imperial War Museum purchased an unpublished poem...

Edmund Blunden

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 ClareWilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney made these poets available to the twentieth century reader for the first time.

Biography

Edmund Blunden (1896 – 1974) ranks among the most prodigious literary talents of his time. 

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Edmund Blunden
 

Poet, literary editor, journalist, biographer and lecturer

 
Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) was the longest serving First World War poet, and saw continuous action in the front line, between 1916-18. His life-long friend Siegfried Sassoon maintained that Blunden was the poet of the war most lastingly obsessed by it.

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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Books in Print

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.

There’s always a selection of Blunden books for sale second hand on abebooks.co.uk.

Edmund Blunden in his soldiers' uniform

The War

The war remained a backdrop to his prolific writing which leaves a continuing testimony to the after-effects of war on the human mind.

Traveller

He worked between 1919 and 1970 as a poet, literary editor, journalist, biographer and lecturer, travelling and teaching in England, Japan and Hong Kong. 

Professor

His connections with the Far East spanned from 1924 – 1964. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford University in 1966.