Edmund Blunden in Authuille - November, 1916

from Undertones of War, page 134:

We came away for a couple of nights, and were billeted in dugouts by Authuille, built against the high sheltering bank called “The Bluff,” and there we passed pleasant hours. They were not shelling us here. The blue Ancre swirled along as though it could not be beaten from its brookish gayness and motion, right against our feet; songs sounded sweetly there, and the simple tune “We were sailing along on a moonlight bay” held me enchanted; I can never escape from that voice in that place.... Poetry with her euphrasy had her triumph, no matter how brief, with many of those pale weary men;…   more >>
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Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War (Harmondsworth, 1982), p. 134. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1395329925159 accessed: 28 February, 2024

location of experience: Authuille


Edmund Blunden
university teacher, Poet

Listening to

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We were sailing along on a moonlight bay
When the beer is on the table, I'll be there

Experience Information

Date/Time November, 1916
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:38:45 +0000