The Making of a Poet: A Scholarly Edition of Ivor Gurney's Poetry, 1907 to Armistice 1918
Lancaster, Philip George
Thesis or dissertation
University of Exeter
Reason for embargo
The content of the thesis is under contract with Oxford University Press as part of a complete edition of Gurney's poetry. The copyright in those poems not previously published and the editorial apparatus created is therefore already assigned by the Ivor Gurney Estate and myself, as relevant, and reserved for that publisher.
Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) was equally gifted as a poet and a composer. While a very small number of pieces of juvenilia survive, arising from his passion for and immersion in literature, he began to write poetry following his enlistment as a soldier in the First World War. In this thesis I have prepared an edition of all of Gurney’s poetry from its beginnings until the Armistice on 11 November 1918. The edition of over two hundred poems incorporates 59 poems and fragments that have not previously been published. I have sought to present this body of poetry in chronological order, and with extensive textual notes and commentary, to chart the development of poems through all stages of draft to fnal poem. This has been made possible by an unprecedented detailed analysis of all Gurney’s manuscripts and a wholesale reorganisation of that extensive collection.
Great Western Research
Gloucestershire County Council (Gloucester Archives)
PhD in English