Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson Poems
- The Stone "And will you cut a stone for him, To set above ...
- Home So long had I travelled the lonely road, Though, now ...
- The Dancing Seal When we were building Skua Light-- The ...
- The Blind Rower And since he rowed his father home, His ...
- The Crane The biggest crane on earth, it lifts Two hundred ...
- Cherries A HANDFUL of cherries She gave me in passing, The ...
- The Lonely Road The Lonely Road So long had I travelled the ...
Wilfred Wilson Gibson (1878-1962), a close friend of Rupert Brooke and a protégé of Edward Marsh, was born in Hexham, England in 1878.
Gibson worked for a time as a social worker in London's East End. He published his first verse in 1902, Mountain Lovers. He had several poems included in various Georgian poetry collections prior to the war. He also wrote a play, Daily Bread, which was produced in 1910.
After the outbreak of war, Gibson served as a private in the infantry on the Western Front. It was therefore from the perspective of the ordinary soldier that Gibson wrote his war poetry.
His active service was brief, but his poetry belies his lack of ... more »
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"And will you cut a stone for him,
To set above his head?
And will you cut a stone for him--
A stone for him?" she said.
Three days before, a splintered rock
Had struck her lover dead--
Had struck him in the quarry dead,
Where, careless of a warning call,
He loitered, while the shot was fired--
A lively stripling, brave and tall,
And sure of all his heart desired . . .
A flash, a shock,
A rumbling fall . . .
And, broken 'neath the broken rock,
A lifeless heap, with face of clay,
And still as any stone he lay,
With eyes that saw...