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64496: The Field-Postcard

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475 Graves (Robert) AUTOGRAPH POSTCARD signed (written in pencil), 1.R.W.Fus. B.E.F. Nov 27, '15 to Edward Marsh, autograph address panel on verso signed, Post Office and Censor's postmarks £30
'In the last few days I've been made a captain and shifted here. I won't get any leave till January at the earliest...'
Back in '15, when life was harsh
And blood was hourly shed,
I reassured Sir Edward Marsh
So far I was not dead.
My field-postcard duly arrived,
It seems, at Gray's Inn Square
Where Eddie, glad I still survived,
Ruffled his thinning hair ...
A full half century out of sight
It lay securely hid
Till Francis Edwards with delight
Sold it for thirty quid.
But who retained the copyright,
The invaluable copyright?
In common law I did.

History

Identifier

3451.txt

Creator

Graves, Robert (1895-1985)

Date

(1995, 1997, 1999)

Date Created

01/01/1997

Temporal Date

31/12/1999

Type

Poem

Rights

The Robert Graves Copyright Trust / Published in Graves, R. (1999) Complete Poems: Volumes 1 - 3. Eds. B. Graves and D. Ward. London: Penguin Books.

Repository Name

ProQuest

Publisher

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

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