National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day, and to note the occasion, here is a poem from Somerville’s Special Collections:

Binyon Poem

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) is best known as one of the First World War poets, but, as well as being a poet, he was also a dramatist and art historian, working at the British Museum from 1893-1933. His most famous poem is For the Fallen, which is often recited on Remembrance Sunday. [For more on Binyon, see his article in the Oxford DNB.]

The poem is from an autograph book belonging to Percy Withers, in which friends (many of them personalities of the day) would write or draw, and is part of the Percy Withers collection. A list of items in the Withers collection can be accessed via the Special Collections page on the Library webpages. 

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