Alan Ross (1922- 2001)

It is hard to find any other 20th century English language poet who has contributed so much to ‘war at sea ‘ poetry than Alan Ross. Born in Calcutta in…

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Gavin Ewart (1916-1995)

Gavin Ewart introduced his first collection of poetry, Poems and Songs (1939), with a dedication: Now start the terrifying rumour That lust and cruelty have no sense of humour. Under…

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Roy Fuller (1912-1991)

Of all the poets who served in World War Two, Roy Fuller perhaps best recorded in verse the breadth of the struggles and sacrifices endured by civilians and the lost…

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Henry Reed (1914 – 1986)

For many readers of World War II poetry, Henry Reed is known for a single poem, “Naming of Parts.” He is not alone with that perception. Several other poets of…

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Michael Longley (1939 – )

Portrait by Kelvin Boyles Michael Longley was born in Belfast in July 1939, the eldest of twin boys. His parents, Richard and Constance Longley, were both from England, and moved…

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