Charles Hamilton Sorley

(19 May 1895 – 13 October 1915 / Aberdeen, Scotland)

Charles Hamilton Sorley
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Charles Hamilton Sorley was a British poet of World War I.

Life

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he was the son of William Ritchie Sorley. He was educated, like Siegfried Sassoon, at Marlborough College (1908–13). At Marlborough College Sorley's favourite pursuit was cross-country running in the rain, a theme evident in many of his pre-war poems, including "Rain" and "The Song of the Ungirt Runners". Before taking up a scholarship to study at University College, Oxford, Sorley spent a little more than six months in Germany, three months of which were at Schwerin studying the language and local culture. Then he enrolled at the University of Jena, and studied there up ... more »

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  • ''Strew your gladness on earth's bed,
    So be merry, so be dead.''
    Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915), Scottish poet. All the Hills and Vales Along (l. 43-44). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy,...
  • Earth that bore with joyful ease
    Hemlock for Socrates,
    Earth that blossomed and was glad
    'Neath the cross that Christ had,
    Shall rejoice and blossom too
    When the bul...
    Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915), Scottish poet. All the Hills and Vales Along (l. 21-26). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy,...
  • ''All the hills and vales along
    Earth is bursting into song,
    And the singers are the chaps
    Who are going to die perhaps.''
    Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915), Scottish poet. All the Hills and Vales Along (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, e...
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