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Ivor Gurney's Gloucestershire: Exploring Poetry and Place Paperback – 9 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (9 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075245353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752453538
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eleanor M. Rawling is a consultant in geographical education, a research fellow at Oxford University and an established author, having written several books with geographical or educational themes. She is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a former president of the Geographical Association. She currently edits the GA s journal "Geography" and writes articles for academic journals."


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As the torrent of 'Great War' related books flows on, this would easily pass the casual reader by. I had read a limited amount of Gurney's poetry, in general 'war' anthologies, and had been attracted by his, obvious, love of the countryside, his native Gloucestershire countryside. This book not only puts flesh on Gurney's bones, but then sends you off in other directions, to discover the beauty of both his poetry and music. The sadness, nay tragedy, of his life is not avoided. The salient issues are not ducked. Like Edward Thomas, and John Clare, here we have a poet who is bewitched by the nature of the countryside around him. Although he did not die in France, he is, like Thomas, a 'War poet'. Like Clare he died in an Asylum, and like both of them he loved, and understood, his surroundings. His published anthologies are looked at, in an honest light, in some detail here.
The book suggests, well-annotated, walks in his native county, to help towards a deeper understanding of his life and his genius.
But Ivor Gurney was also a gifted musician and this is emphasised in this excellent little book. He wrote beautifully crafted, English, folk songs. I followed the guide to recordings of these songs, and the journey was well worthwhile.
As an introduction to this, to me, little known poet, 'Ivor Gurney's Gloucestershire' was excellent, and led me to read, not only his anthologies, but to search out recordings of his music.
If the aim of a book is to stimulate an interest in looking more deeply at its subject, this book succeeds beautifully.
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Great use of illustrations in this new slant on Gurney's work. Maps, colour plates and black-and-white illustrations complement the exploration of Gurney's connections with Gloucestershire and the part they played in inspiring his poetry and music.
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A very comprehensive coverage, bringing nostalgic memories of growing up in the county with insight to Guerney's life whose poetry and musical settings to poetry I love
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