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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:38 am
Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:03 pm
There's also shortly to be a drama by pianist Iain Burnside based on episodes from Gurney's life at the Barbican, London. http://www.barbican....il.asp?ID=13096
Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:33 pm
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:25 pm
Liz Ward's PhD thesis on his poetry may also be of interest:
Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:26 pm
Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:37 pm
You may also wish to get hold of a copy of Ivor Gurney - Collected Letters, RKR Thompson, Editor. The Mid Northumberland Arts Group & Carcanet Press 1991.
The letters,to various friends, cover the war years and discuss poetr., music, his time at Park House Camp in Wiltshire and on the Western Front.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:59 am
A tall lean man he was, proud of his gun,
Of his garden, and small fruit trees every one
Knowing all weather signs, the flight of birds,
Farther than I could hear the falling thirds
Of the first cuckoo. Able at digging, he
Smoked his pipe ever, furiously, contentedly,
Full of old country tales his memory was;
Yarns of both sea and land, full of wise saws
In rough fine speech; sayings his father had,
That worked a twelve-hour day when but a lad.
Handy with timber, nothing came amiss
To his quick skill; and all the mysteries
Of sail-making, net-making, boat-building were his.
That dark face lit with bright bird-eyes, his stride
Manner most friendly courteous, stubborn pride,
I shall not forget, not yet his patience
With me, unapt, though many a far league hence
I'll travel for many a year, nor ever find
A winter-night companion more to my mind,
Nor one more wise in ways of Severn river,
Though her villages I search for ever and ever.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:18 am
A local radio station recently played a reading by David Goodland of Ivor Gurney's poem The Lock-Keeper. I've provided the poem for interest.
The poem was written in July 1918 and dedicated to the memory of Edward Thomas,another poet, which takes us down another road......
Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:48 pm
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:24 pm