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Poet Edmund Blunden online

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BerichtGeplaatst: 08 Okt 2009 19:59    Onderwerp: Poet Edmund Blunden online Reageer met quote

War poet Edmund Blunden's works go online
By Lauren Turner, Press Association

Rare manuscripts by war poet Edmund Blunden are being published online by Oxford University.
The Edmund Blunden Collection, which is launched tomorrow, contains previously unseen material assembled from archives in the UK and the US, including his family's private collection.
The collection, part of Oxford University's First World War Poetry Digital Archive, contains extracts from the writer's Minute Book, a private scrapbook he put together after the war.
Previously unpublished poems and letters sent home to his family while he was on active service have also been included on the website.
His daughter Margi Blunden, 63, said she was delighted the information was going online and that she hoped it would help readers understand her father's work, including autobiography Undertones of War.
She said: "We are very pleased that the digital archive is including Blunden's work as it gives him a much-deserved profile that has been lacking for many years.
"Seeing the original manuscripts in this way is a moving experience and we think it will greatly enhance the students' reading of both Undertones of War and his war poetry.
"In addition it will help readers to understand Blunden's long war experience of nearly two years at the front."
Blunden, who died in 1974 at the age of 77, was sent to the Western Front in 1916, where he served with the 11th Royal Sussex regiment. He was awarded the Military Cross for his actions during the Battle of the Somme.
He later worked as an editor, journalist, critic, and biographer, and became Oxford Professor of Poetry in 1966.
Oxford University researcher Alun Edwards said: "Previously, to see these manuscripts you would have had to travel to the US to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the items held by the family have remained private to all but the most trusted academic researchers."
The archive includes 12,000 previously unseen pieces of material, including work by Wilfred Owen, Vera Brittain and Isaac Rosenberg.
The Blunden collection can be found at
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BerichtGeplaatst: 05 Jul 2010 11:04    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Commissioned articles: An introduction to The First World War Poetry Digital Archive


Edmund Blunden and the First World War Digital Archive by Dr Alisa Miller

Alisa Miller became a member of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive team in 2007 after completing degrees in history and international history from the University of Michigan and the London School of Economics. She received her doctorate from Christ Church, Oxford in October 2008 for a thesis examining the role of patriotic poetry and, in particular, the national and international reputation of Rupert Brooke during the First World War. She now works on research policy for Guild HE in London.

One of the threads linking Edmund Blundenís work is the idea that memory acts as a prism. If a writerís primary task is the distillation of a sort of Ďtruthí from the confused tangle of events, personalities, objects and emotions that make up a poem or narrative, memory becomes both an ally and an enemy in the struggle to conjure direct experience. As Blunden writes in what I have always found to be one of the most sensitive of introductions, the trials of memory combine with the mood of the writer to create a kind of murk. Blundenís initial attempt to draft a war memoir, Ďalthough in its details not much affected by the perplexities of distancing memory, was noisy with a depressing forced gaiety then very much the rageí. Distance might alleviate imposed affectations, but it created other problems; ĎI know that memory has her little ways, and by now she has concealed precisely that look, that word, that coincidence of nature without and nature within which I long to remember.í

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