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Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

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Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon, a suburb of London. Graves was known as a poet, lecturer and novelist. He was also known as a classicist and a mythographer. Perhaps his first known and revered poems were the poems Groves wrote behind the lines in World War One. He later became known as one of the most superb English language 'Love' poets. He then became recognised as one of the finest love poets writing in the English language.

Members of the poetry, novel writing, historian, and classical scholarly community often feel indebted to the man and his works. Robert Graves was born into an interesting time in history. He actually saw Queen Victoria’s Diamond ... more »

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  • ''Your eyes were frosted starlight,
    Your heart fire and snow.
    Who was it said, "I love you"?
    Alice: Mother, let me go!''
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. A Frosty Night (l. 25-28). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Phi...
  • ''Her image was my ensign: snows melted,
    Hedges sprouted, the moon tenderly shone,
    The owls trilled with tongues of nightingale.''
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. A Love Story (l. 13-15). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M...
  • ''her image
    Warped in the weather, turned beldamish.
    Then back came winter on me at a bound,
    The pallid sky heaved with a moon-quake.''
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. A Love Story (l. 17-20). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M...
  • ''Has God's supply of tolerable husbands
    Fallen, in fact, so low?
    Or do I always over-value woman
    At the expense of man?
    Do I?
    It might be so.''
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. A Slice of Wedding Cake (l. 13-18). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-195...
  • ''Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls
    Married impossible men?
    Simple self-sacrifice may be ruled out,
    And missionary endeavour, nine times out of ten.''
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. A Slice of Wedding Cake (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950....
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