"Graves, who was if possible even more tactless than Sassoon," is hands down the best line Jean Moorcroft Wilson wrote in her biographies

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Yes, but will it be appropriately judgy and full of dry smarm. 

That’s what I want to know.

SMARM? Smarm please. Liberally spread amongst my favourite love triangle.

I don’t ?? know ?? what to feel ?? about this ??

Looks like it’s going to be a docu-drama using archival footage as well as dramatisations:

Starring John Hurt, The Pity of War: The Lives and Loves of the War Poets […] provides an intimate and revealing account of the relationships between Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Robert Graves, men who chartered their experiences of World War One with such power, beauty and brutal honesty that their words went on to define a generation.  

Played in his later years by John Hurt, Siegfried Sassoon reflects on his life and these key relationships. […] The film also draws on a selection of key poems, letters, diaries and other written accounts to bring to life Sassoon’s recollections, as well as his contemporaneous accounts during the war.  With a tapestry of archive, imagery, actors in dramatic sequences, the film is a vivid and moving portrait of the young men behind the most powerful poetry of the last century and how their lives touched one another’s. [x]


For the love of god somebody please make a good adaptation of Good-Bye to All That.

Pitch black comedy/drama with a dry, smartass narrator, please, we could witness true beauty

WWI-themed questionnaire answering - Part III

20. History crush?

You never forget your first war poet, so… Robert Graves.


21. Historical WWI game?

Two up. ;)

22. Random historical WWI fact about the place you are at the moment.

This is surprisingly difficult because I am in LONDON. I have historical facts coming out the ears. But none of them is very random.

23. Favourite historical WWI song / with such reference?

From the time: It’s A Long Way to Tipperary.

Since the time: No Man’s Land.

24. Most underrated historical WWI figure?

John Monash. What a BAMF.


25. Most overrated historical WWI figure in your opinion?

Kitchener because, meh.

But not Kitschener. Kitschener is awesome.

26. Forgotten hero we should know about and admire?

Instead of answering this specifically I am going to just point to my women at war and soldiers of colour tags.

27. Favourite historical WWI “What if… ” ?

What if the Schlieffen Plan had succeeded?



28. Favourite “dream team” of specific era or the entire history WWI?

The Canadian, Kiwi and Australian engineers and miners who blew up Hill 60. Because I have a competence kink.

29. Great historical WWI mystery you are interested in?

Who actually shot down the Red Baron??


30. Ask me a question of your own.

Go on - do eet.

WWI-themed questionnaire answering - Part II

11. Have you participated in [WWI] reenactment? What it was like? No.

12. Would you take part in [WWI] reenactment? In what era and as whom? No.

13. Something random about some random historical WWI person in a random era WWI.My great great uncle Bunty Lawrence was involved in the invention of the Drip Can Rifle that got the Aussies out of Gallipoli.

McCrae paused and gave [Bill Scurry] a friendly greeting. Scurry, a 20-year-old architectural modeller, said he had something that might be of interest. McCrae asked to see it. What Scurry had created, assisted by his 18-year-old mate ‘Bunty’ Lawrence (they had attended the same school and church and had arrived at Gallipoli only a month earlier), was an innovative contraption that enabled the rifle to fire by itself. [x]

14. Why you are interested in history WWI ( a silly question, eh)?  Funny story. I was watching the King’s Speech, and I just absolutely loved the aesthetic, especially the shabby, slightly magical quality of Lionel Logue’s treatment room. It got me inspired to think about the early 20th century as an inspiration for fantasy fiction.

Then I started researching, and WWI is just so much more interesting (morally ambivalent, nexus of old and new technology, the crumbling of empires) than WWII. Then I read Good-bye To All That and got invested in the poetry bros, and it was all downhill from there.

15. Were the history classes taught in an interesting way in your school/ college/ university? What would you do to improve them if you were the teacher / lecturer? I actually didn’t and don’t study history at University. Sad lack of MSc Feels About Doomed Officer Heroes course options.

(For interest — my formal qualifications are a melange of political science, English and economics)

16. Do you own some historical WWI item? ( coin, clothing, weapons, books, ect) If yes which one is your favourite? Eh, not really. I’m not a “stuff” person. Wouldn’t know what to do with it. 

17. What historical WWI item would you like to own? My father has a pastel sketch made of my great grandfather (who was in the RAAMC) in France, which I have staked a claim to.

18. Look at the clock and assume the numbers are forming historical year ( 17;58 would be 1758) What was / is / will be the world that year? Any event happened then or will happen?

Since 1529 is out of scope for WWI, I will instead say that on 14 May (i.e. the date as I am writing this) 1918, Germans attacked on a mile front south-west of Morlancourt and were met by fine counter-attacks by Australians. 14 May appears to have been a fairly quiet day in 1915, 1916 and 1917. *G*

19. Favourite historical WWI book?

Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain

Sassoon (James Wilby), Graves (Dougray Scott) and Owen (Stuart Bunce) in Regeneration.

(Poetry bros. D:)

There are three inevitables: two Roberts and a Siegfried rising side by side on the roll of fame all still young and more or less undamaged…

Robert Graves in a letter to Siegfried Sassoon (via larazontally)

The Leveller


Near Martinpuich that night of hell 
Two men were struck by the same shell,
Together tumbling in one heap 
Senseless and limp like slaughtered sheep.

One was a pale eighteen-year-old, 
Blue-eyed and thin and not too bold,
Pressed for the war ten years too soon, 
The shame and pity of his platoon.

The other came from far-off lands 
With bristling chin and whiskered hands,
He had known death and hell before 
In Mexico and Ecuador.

Yet in his death this cut-throat wild 
Groaned ‘Mother! Mother!’ like a child,
While that poor innocent in man’s clothes 
Died cursing God with brutal oaths.

Old Sergeant Smith, kindest of men, 
Wrote out two copies there and then 
Of his accustomed funeral speech 
To cheer the womenfolk of each:

'He died a hero's death: and we 
His comrades of “A” Company
Deeply regret his death: we shall 
All deeply miss so true a pal.’

- Robert Graves

During [the 1913] school year [Robert Graves] won an Exhibition (a minor award) to Oxford but in the following term he was forced to resign from [Charterhouse school paper] ‘The Cartusian’ after publishing some highly critical remarks about the school in the guise of a parody letter. According to later report, Graves declared at this stage in his life only poetry and ‘Peter’ Johnstone, the object of his affections, really mattered. However, over the Easter holidays in 1914 he won plaudits for his prowess at boxing, and spent ten days climbing in Snowdonia with George Mallory. His final term at Charterhouse ended, perhaps characteristically, in a flurry of fighting (literally and metaphorically), a near-scandal, and continuing discord.

Helen McPhail and Philip Guest, “On the Trail of the Poets of the Great War: Graves and Sassoon”

Oh, Robert, you little shit.

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I noticed ‘The Essays of Lionel Johnson’ lying on the table. It was the first book I had seen in France (except my own Keats and Blake) that was neither a military textbook nor a rubbishy novel. I stole a look at the fly-leaf, and the name was Siegfried Sassoon. Then I looked around to see who could possibly be called Siegfried Sassoon and bring ‘Lionel Johnson’ with him to the First Battalion. The answer being obvious, I got into conversation with him, and a few minutes later we set out for Béthune, being off duty until dusk, and talked about poetry.

Robert Graves in ‘Goodbye to all That’, on his first meeting with Siegfried Sassoon.

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