Ivor Gurney: Selected Poems

Ivor Gurney Selected Poems Ivor Gurney now takes a place among the English poets His range is wide including the First World War in which he served as an infantry private the passionate celebration of his native Gl

  • Title: Ivor Gurney: Selected Poems
  • Author: Ivor Gurney
  • ISBN: 9780192880659
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ivor Gurney 1890 1937 now takes a place among the English poets His range is wide, including the First World War, in which he served as an infantry private, the passionate celebration of his native Gloucestershire, and fears of the mental imbalance which led to his eventual confinement in a mental hospital Out of these experiences, he made a poetry unique, vigorous, muIvor Gurney 1890 1937 now takes a place among the English poets His range is wide, including the First World War, in which he served as an infantry private, the passionate celebration of his native Gloucestershire, and fears of the mental imbalance which led to his eventual confinement in a mental hospital Out of these experiences, he made a poetry unique, vigorous, musical, and direct.

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    1. Composer and author Ivor Gurney was born in Gloucester and was educated at the cathedral there where he proved a very gifted student He began composing music at the age of 14 and in 1911 secured a scholarship to the Royal College of Music He was described by Charles Villiers Stanford as potentially the biggest of many distinguished pupils he had taught which included Ralph Vaughn Williams but, also as unteachable This being because of his propensity for mood swings which not only made concentration very difficult for him, but also precipitated in a breakdown in 1913 After the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted as a private soldier with the Gloucester Regiment It was during the war where he began to write poetry Just before completing his first book of poetry Severn and the Somme he was wounded in the shoulder in April 1917 He returned to active duty not long after finding a publisher for his book to be gassed in September that same year While recovering he fell in love with nurse Annie Nelson Drummond who initially reciprocated his feelings only to sever their correspondence before a second breakdown in February 1918 Following the war his mental condition deteriorated further to the point where he was declared insane by his family in 1922 He spent his remaining years institutionalized where he yet remained prolific albeit largely unrecognized After his death from tuberculosis in 1937 his friend Marion Scott worked to preserve his letters and manuscripts Some two thirds of his musical output remains unpublished.Ivor Gurney is commemorated as one of 16 Great War Poets in Westminster Abbey

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    1. Ivor Gurney gets my vote for most underrated English poet of the 20th century His mis characterization as a war poet is partly responsible for this neglect He was indeed a war poet, but he was also something else, something other, something quite strange Much of his best work dates from the decade after the war, right before and then during his confinement to a mental institution These poems startle with their peculiar syntax and odd, complicated music Gurney was a fine composer, too, mostly of [...]


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