Edmund Blunden: Two poems

Scope and Content

'Fresh thought on an old poem' and 'To Diana', holograph poems signed by Edmund Blunden.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edmund Charles Blunden (1896-1974), poet, was born in London on 1 November 1866, and educated at Christ's Hospital and Queen's College, Oxford. He served in France and Belgium with the Royal Sussex Regiment, 1916-1919. Blunden was Professor of English Literature at Tokyo University, 1924-1927, and a Fellow and tutor in English literature at Merton College, Oxford, 1931-1943. He was part of the U.K. Liaison Mission in Tokyo, 1948-1950, and became Emeritus Professor at the University of Hong Kong in 1953, retiring in 1964. He was Professor of Poetry, Oxford University, 1966-1968. Blunden published biographies of Thomas Hardy and Shelley, and poems. He died at his home in Long Melford on 20 January 1974.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Edmund Blunden in Who was who, vol. VII, 1971-1980 (London, 1981), p. 79.

Other Finding Aids



The poems are no 814(iii) in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 91.