Robert Graves Essay

Robert Graves Essay

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“Lost” is what they are called, “the lost poets” of World War I. The name is partially true, the stories of war they heard as boys became their reality and if they survived would be haunting memories. They would look in the mirror and see there bright youth was stolen and replaced with weary lines. Some had scars you could see like as if they were drawn all over their bodies or the emotional scars that were hidden beneath the surface. Some chose to bottle it up or force themselves to forget, while others would run to the safety of what we call their “poetry”. So Graves did just that and allowed his experiences pour out, unashamed and unafraid.
Born in Wimbledon, England, in July of 1985 Robert Ranke Graves was born to Alfred Perceval Graves and Amalia von Ranke. “The British author would be sent as young boy to a Charterhouse School (boarding school) although he never enjoyed his time there but he did learn a great deal of poetry and became very good a boxing even won a few trophies from the sport. When he spent his holiday with his family in Harlech, North Wales he was intrigued by mountain climbing and enjoyed the activity very well” (“Robert Graves”). As a young man World War 1 was declared in 1914 and shook his world. Immediately Graves enlisted even though he already had a scholarship to St. Johns College, Oxford. He served in France from 1915- 1917, on his first year he was already made Captain. While doing his service in France he became friends with poet Siegfried Sassoon( “Robert Graves).
A major experience he underwent while serving, was in the Battle of the Somme which actually happened four days before his birthday on July 20, 1916. Graves was shot down, the bullet tore right through his shoulder and chest severel...


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...who had to endure that life style and continue on with lives. No memory can be written down and be taken asnothing more but a vivid story unless the reader had underwent similar circumstances, and Graves did not want his memories to be just stories you would see on your newspaper or hear from any random person. They were his stories to tell and decide who is worthy to share them with.



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Brearton, Fran. “Selected Poems by Robert Graves – review.” TheGuardian.com, 8 Nov. 2013. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.
Buckman and Fifield, “Robert Graves, The Art of Poetry No. 11”. 2013 The Paris Review. n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013
Miller, Alisa. “The Robert Graves Collection.” oucs.ox.ac.uk.com 2008. Web. 11 Dec. 2013
“Robert Graves .“poets.org. Academy of American Poets 1997- 2013. n.d. Web. 11 Dec .2013

“Robert Graves Collection.” library.buffalo.edu n.d. Web. 11 Dec.2013

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