This is the next in a series on writers and poets who were affected by World War One.
July 24, 1895, Wimbledon, England
Graves was the eighth of his father’s 10 children. His father, Alfred Graves, was married twice and was a scholar and poet. His mother was German, and his birth name was Robert von Ranke Graves which caused problems in the years before, during and after World War One.
As a child, Graves nearly died of pneumonia.
He began writing as a school boy and also took up boxing.
World War One:
When war began, Graves volunteered. He was wounded in 1916 and wasn’t expected to recover. In 1918, he contracted Spanish Flu.
Two collections of war poetry were published, Over the Brazier and Fairies and Fusiliers, although later in life he would distance himself from these works. His autobiography, Goodbye to All That, is said to be in reference to the death of the old world and way of life brought about by the war.
Graves’s best known war poems include “When I’m Killed,” “A Dead Boche” and “To Lucasta on Going to the War – for the Fourth Time”.
December 7, 1985
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