Poetry in Love

  • Sumie Okada


Aki Hayashi undoubtedly had a considerable effect, directly and indirectly, on Blunden’s writings and particularly on his poetry. The poetry he wrote in Japan, and on Japanese subjects after his return to England, is suffused with the particular sense of, and feeling for, Japan, which he had acquired from his relations with her. He could, and did, also confide to her his feelings about the First World War; and his letters to her often refer to it, sometimes associating Japanese landscapes with what he had seen in Flanders.


Late Remembrance Metrical Unit Prefatory Note Annual Dinner Cripple Child 
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