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Record 25635

Reading Experience:

'Read "An Anthology of War Poems", introduced by Edmund Blunden. Owen's poetry stands well above all the others - his "Strange Meeting" is worth all the others put together - or nearly so. Branford's sonnets are conspicuous and Sassoon's work distinctive, but Owen has not only Branford's "high seriousness" and Sasoon's objectivity but also a sure craftsmanship - he is always the artist in full control of his medium. Beside his work, Sassoon's sounds almost hysterical and Blunden's slightly artificial. After laying down this book I realised for the first time that, notwithstanding the large company of our war poets, our really fine war poems are very few in number.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 12 Jun 1932
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Perth
specific address: 27 Wilson Street
location in dwelling: in bed
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:William Soutar
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Apr 1898
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: poet
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Edmund Blunden [ed]
Title: An Anthology of War Poems
Genre: Poetry, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 25635  
Source - Print  
  Author: William Soutar
  Editor: Alexander Scott
  Title: Diaries of a dying man
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 1954
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 36
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: William Soutar, Alexander Scott (ed.), Diaries of a dying man (Edinburgh, 1954), p. 36,, accessed: 24 June 2024

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