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66261: Letter: To Mrs Voynich

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posted on 2024-04-18, 14:48 authored by First World War Poetry Digital Archive Project Team

Writes to tell Mrs Voynich that it is his 27th birthday / thanks her for some chocolates she has sent and for her help with French vocabulary / says that he intends to take a walking trip of the country after the war, if possible / praises French courtesy and the beauty of their buildings / reports that the men sometimes speak badly of the towns, but only because there are no cinemas / inquires after Mrs Voynich's health and London / the possible pleasures of living away from one's friends / reports that he has managed not to be hurt, and that mentally he is feeling calmer / the disappearance of one of his friends in battle / discusses a book of poetry entitled 'Spirit of Man' / includes a draft of the poem 'Serenity' / discusses the serious and grand nature of living through this particular part of history. |

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Writes to tell Mrs Voynich that it is his 27th birthday / thanks her for some chocolates she has sent and for her help with French vocabulary / says that he intends to take a walking trip of the country after the war, if possible / praises French courtesy and the beauty of their buildings / reports that the men sometimes speak badly of the towns, but only because there are no cinemas / inquires after Mrs Voynich's health and London / the possible pleasures of living away from one's friends / reports that he has managed not to be hurt, and that mentally he is feeling calmer / the disappearance of one of his friends in battle / discusses a book of poetry entitled 'Spirit of Man' / includes a draft of the poem 'Serenity' / discusses the serious and grand nature of living through this particular part of history.
Early manuscript draft of poem in Ivor Gurney's hand. Included in a letter to Mrs Voynich of 28th August 1916.

History

Identifier

7534.cpd | IG-46-32-3f | 6933.jpg | IG-46-32-3f1r.jpg 6934.jpg | IG-46-32-3f1v.jpg 6935.jpg | IG-46-32-3f2r.jpg 6936.jpg | IG-46-32-3f2v.jpg 6937.jpg | IG-46-32-3f3r.jpg 6938.jpg | IG-46-32-3f3v.jpg 6939.jpg | IG-46-32-3f4r.jpg 6940.jpg | IG-46-32-3f4v.jpg

Creator

Gurney, Ivor (1890-1937)

Date

28th August 1916

Date Created

28/08/1916

Spatial

France and Belgian Border

Source

Leaf

Medium

Paper

Format

Pencil

Type

Letter | Letter Poem within letter

Pages

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Number of Pages

8

Contributor

Alisa Miller

Rights

The Ivor Gurney Archive, Gloucestershire Archives / The Ivor Gurney Estate

Collection ID

Papers of Ivor Gurney 46.32.2

Repository Name

The Ivor Gurney Archive

Repository Address

Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW, UK

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