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1954: Pink is the paper; Song; O pretty are primulas
1955: Man in Green and Black; Pastoral
1936: Nirvana (from the Siamese of the same author)
J. E. Banbury
1936: Lovers' Idyll; Record
1942-1943: Elegy for an Airman; The Soldier and the Girl
1946:No 1: Bridge on the Orne, 1944; The Beauchamp Chapel (Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick); Funeral
1946:No 2: Love Poems; Poems in May 1944 (To K.)
1947: Bridge on the Orne, 1944; Funeral
Mary Jo Bang
IV.3: In Umbria
Theodore de Banville
French Parnassian poet (1823-91).
1914: Translation by Charis Ursula Barnett
1946:No 2: Poem "I dreamt I saw a sun rise from the sea"
H. S. Barnes
1924: In Church
Charis Ursula Barnett
College friend of Dorothy L. Sayers; like many other female contributors to OP, drove an ambulance in France during the war.
1914: Translated from Theodore de Banville
X.3: The Man Who Hated The Sun
IV.2: Roman Carnival; A Nice Family
1926: Three Epitaphs
F. W. Bateson (editor 1923) (OCEL)
Critic and editor of the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (1940).
1921, as F. N. W. Bateson: Trespassers
1922: Twilight; Ruined Church; Estranged; Light Love
1923: The Hunter; The Lover's Ghost; Fancy; Orpheus
VII.2: Woke up when
VIII.2: In a Room; The Security Guard
1948: Salamnbo; The Taster
1949: The Deserter; The Coming Morning; The Hop-Pickers
T. O. Beachcraft
1924: The Lapidary; The Shower
J. D. Beazley
Oxford don; authority on Greek vases. Ten years after contributing the first poem in the first issue of OP, "Jacky" Beazley and his wife befriended and travelled with Harold Acton.
1910-1913: The Ballad of My Friend
VII.1: Following The Map
William Bell (OCTCP)
Editor of "Poetry from Oxford in Wartime" (1945), in effect the OP of its year, and its successor "More Poetry from Oxford" (1946). Read physics and then English; died climbing the Matterhorn, August 1948, and left only two books of his own verse.
1942-1943: Poems from Percussion
V.2: A Trotter for a Brother
IX.2: Between the Lines
Mary Elizabeth Benson
1925: Lover to Beloved
1942-1943: Meditation on a Hand (from a sculpture by Donatello); Meditation on a Swallow
Member of the Austrian Resistance Movement, whose poems, written in the summer of 1944, were extensively circulated in MS. "The Last Epiphany" is a parable in which a Christ-like judge comes among the Austrian people in a variety of pariah-like disguises (a Jew, a priest, etc.) to see how they behave.
1946:No 1: Translated by J. B. Leishman: The Last Epiphany
VI.2: Bleaching of the Linen
II.1: Interview by Sue Goad; Letter to My Father from London ; Memories
1950: Eve; Rain
III.3: Two Haiku
Won the Newdigate Prize 1910 for "Atlantis".
1910-1913: Winter in Ireland; A Girl's Song on Her Lover, Paidin, Ruadh
1948: In November; In November forty seven, the Land
V.1: Howard Wright
IX.2: Out of Ireland
Basil Blackwell (editor 1928)
Later Sir Basil. Publisher; head of the family firm for over sixty years; founder of OP. Expert antiquarian book collector, and famously well read, but author of almost nothing: this poem is a considerable rarity.
1918: At the Pauper Asylum
III.1: My Grandfather's Funeral
Edmund Blunden (OCEL) (OCTCP)
Rural and war poet, elected Oxford Professor of Poetry in 1966. As undergraduates he and Alan Porter discovered an archive of manuscripts left in a cupboard after a Victorian exhibition and published "John Clare: Poems Chiefly from MSS.", rescuing Clare from obscurity.
1920: Sheet Lightning; Forefathers
1921: The Watermill; The Scythe; That Time is Gone; The South-West Wind; The Canal; The March Bee
VI.2: Speaking in Tongues: an Interview with John Ashbery
VII.2: Autonomies and Regions: an Interview of Kathleen Jamie
VII.3: "Count the almonds" [a translation of Zähle die Mandeln by Paul Celan]
VIII.3: One All: an Interview of Don Paterson
I.1: The Groundhog
IV.2: Mountain Time
VI.1: Healing History's Wounds: 'Out of History' by Eavan Boland, reviewed by Sarah Dence
VI.3: La Voix, Qui a Repris | The Voice, Which Spoke Again [parallel text, with translation by Chris Miller, winner of the Translation Competition]
G. H. Bonner
V.2: A Glass of Water; Hole in the Wall; Plaisir de Cuisine
III.1: Arcana Mundi; Under the Vulture-Tree
1942-1943: Viewpoints; Song; For J. H.
1948: First Tribute for M. M. L.
VIII.3: Do Not Disturb; Ascent
Arthur Boyars (editor 1948)
With John Wain, editor of "Mandrake", a small magazine published at Wadham College 1945-6. Later, translator of Russian verse.
1946:No 2: Lycidas; Pavane de la Belle au Bois Dormant (after Maurice Ravel)
1947: Contemporary Manners
1948: Foreword; Kleisthenes; Dialogue in Limbo
IX.1: Coming Back; Margaret in Norway
1936, as N. Bradshaw: We have lusted
1937: Elegy in a Nonconformist Churchyard; Pro Monumento Communistico; The Bower of Bliss
1925: Attack; Pusedown-Sunset
1926: A Sharp Tale of Love; Witchcraft
VIII.3: "I wanted to be rough and essential" [translation from Eugenio Montale; winning entry in the Translation Competition]
Charles Brasch (OCTCP)
Major poet of New Zealand; editor of "Landfall"; writer on problems of settling already-inhabited lands.
1930: Pyramid; To Plautia
C. E. B. Brett
1949: "A prince once walked the sunlit streets of Rouen"
1922: 'In Lands made Desolate'
1910-1913: Fragment (from the Elizabethans)
Vera M. Brittain (editor 1920) (OCEL)
Served as a nurse in the war; returned to Oxford a feminist, campaigning successfully for women's degrees. Her classic autobiography, "Testament of Youth", takes great pride in Oxford Poetry and reproduces "Boar's Hill, October, 1919" and "Lament of the Demobilized" entire (chapter 10). She describes OP as keeping her sane in an oppressive Somerville College house full of mirrors and fat rats.
1919: To a V. C.
1920: Boar's Hill, October, 1919; The Lament of the Demobilized; Daphne
S. R. Broadbent
1950: On A Crucifixion By Durer
1951: Lines for a Twenty-First Birthday
1952: On a Presentiment of Death by Drowning; Attendants on Leda; The Giant-Killer
J. R. I. Brooke
No apparent relation to Rupert Brooke, who was at Cambridge a few years earlier.
Jocelyn Brooke (OCEL)
Soldier in the Medical Corps and elegiac novelist of army life.
1928: For a Lady on a Horse; En Bateau
C. S. Brown
1932: The Martyrs; On Händel's "Messiah"
P. P. Brown
1923: Snow; Music; Dirge
IV.1: Mimic Man; Pope
Alan Brownjohn (OCEL) (OCTCP)
Like Elizabeth Jennings, a poet of what now seem traditional virtues, once considered a member of the Movement but whose long writing career has broadened his context.
1952: Holy Communion; A Dutch Interior
1953: Wolfgang Borchert; Death in the Park
G. A. Fielding Bucknall
1920: Unto Dust
IX.1: Space-Age Bachelor-Pad Music: a review of "The Ghost Orchid" by Michael Longley and "Rest for the Wicked" by Glyn Maxwell
VI.2: The Hollow Men: a review by David Pascoe of "Uncollected Poems", by Basil Bunting, ed. Richard Caddel, and "Collected Poems", by Henry Reed, ed. Jon Stallworthy
M. L. Burchnall
1932: Cathédrale Engloutie
V.1: The Pillars of Hercules
1930: The Season
H. T. Burt
1919: From their Dust; Pilot and Clouds
VIII.3: Untitled article on the poetry of James Merrill
IX.1: Old Curtains in Virginia; Patriotism
IX.1: A Postal Interview of Robert Crawford
II.3: Vet in Train
III.1: Dying 1952
Guy Butler (OCTCP)
South African poet; Professor of English at Rhodes University; English verse editor of "Standpunte".
1946:No 2: Syrian Spring; Servant Girl
1947: Winter Solstice; Syrian Spring
F. W. Butler-Thwing
1919: The Tramp-Ship
Muriel St Clare Byrne
Later Dorothy L. Sayers's closest friend: they wrote the only Lord Peter Wimsey play, "Busman's Honeymoon", together.
1916, as Muriel Byrne: Devachan
1917, as M. St Clare Byrne: Favete Linguis
1918, as M. St Clare Byrne: "And One Fell by the Wayside..."
VII.3: Arrivals: a review of "The Country at my Shoulder" by Moniza Alvi and "Kissing the Night" by Christine McNeill
Copyright Oxford Poetry 2000. Pictured above: Sketch of W. H. Auden as a teacher at the Downs School, c. 1933