WW1 poet’s work on show at museum

Edmund Blunden exhibition at Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne SUS-140613-103803001
Edmund Blunden exhibition at Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne SUS-140613-103803001

The Redoubt is opening a new exhibition on June 14 celebrating the life and work of Edmund Blunden 1896-1974.

Blunden was a poet, teacher, writer of prose and soldier in the Royal Sussex Regiment during the First World War.

Though not the best known of the war poets, Blunden actually served on the front line longer than any others from this group and recorded his life during this time in many stunning pieces of work.

Throughout his working career Blunden was haunted by his experiences during the war, with his final ‘War Poems’ being written towards the end of his career in the 1960s.

In 1971, just before his death, Blunden said “My experiences in the First World War have haunted me all my life and for many days I have, it seemed, lived in that world rather than in this.”

From his life in the trenches he also produced one of the best known pieces of war prose, in the book Undertones of War that has remained in print ever since being published in 1928.

This exhibition also explores Edmund Blunden’s interests, for example his love of the British countryside, pastoral values and above all cricket.

These things influenced his writing and are illustrated in the exhibition.

The exhibition runs from June 14 – November 16 and normal entry fees apply. For more information please go to www.eastbournemuse ums.co.uk