Lest we forget

In today’s Observer, Robert McCrum is filling space with a piece about poets’ memorials. Ted Hughes is rightly being remembered in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, but McCrum is sniffy about some of the company he will find there:

a fraternity that includes forgotten figures such as Thomas Shadwell, Granville Sharp and Charles Sorley.

Sorley forgotten? Not in this part of the blogosphere.
Read about him and his greatest poem “When you see millions of the mouthless dead” in a very useful post on Tim Kendall’s War Poetry blog.



  1. Jane Stemp
    Posted November 25, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    And Granville Sharp (1735-1813) one of the greatest of the anti-slavery campaigners, certainly hasn’t been forgotten by me. A pity Robert McCrum doesn’t care to find out about these people, instead of sniffing.

    Sorley’s poem is a splash of cold fresh water after some of the sentimentality I’ve seen around lately.

    • Posted November 25, 2011 at 7:13 am | Permalink

      Granville Sharp was a great man, but was he a poet?
      A Westminster Abbey article about his memorial places it in the south transept, which is Poets’ Corner, but does not mention poetry. McCrum’s assumption that he was a forgotten poet does not take into account the Abbey’s rather higgledy-piggledy arrangement of its memorials.

      • Jane Stemp
        Posted November 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

        True – ODNB describes him as “abolitionist and writer”, but not poet. He was a musician though: as per the Zoffany family portrait.

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