Laurence Binyon

(1869 - 1943 / Lancaster / England)

Laurence Binyon
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Robert Laurence Binyon was born in Lancaster, the son of a clergyman, and educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, London where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry. From Oxford Binyon went in 1893 to work in the British Museum's Department of Printed Books, before transferring two years later to the Department of Prints and Drawings where he eventually became Keeper, and an authority on Oriental Art. His book Painting in the Far East (1908) was the first book on the subject to be written in any European language. Binyon was also an expert on Japanese and Chinese Art.

His first volume of poetry, Lyric Poetry was published in 1894. His early poems show him experimenting ... more »

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  • ''With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
    England mourns for her dead across the sea,''
    Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), British poet, critic. For the Fallen (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-C...
  • ''Death august and royal
    Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.''
    Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), British poet, critic. For the Fallen (l. 5-6). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-C...
  • ''They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.''
    Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), British poet, critic. For the Fallen (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller...
  • Two children, all alone and no one by,
    Holding their tattered frocks, thro'an airy maze
    Of motion lightly threaded with nimble feet
    Dance sedately; face to face they gaze,
    ...
    Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), British poet, critic. The Little Dancers (l. 8-12). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip L...
  • ''the little street
    Into its gloom retires, secluded and shy.''
    Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), British poet, critic. The Little Dancers (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip ...
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