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Coventry Patmore Poem
The Storm
 by Coventry Patmore

Within the pale blue haze above,
Some pitchy shreds took size and form,
And, like a madman's wrath or love,
From nothing rose a sudden storm.
The blossom'd limes, which seem'd to exhale
Her breath, were swept with one strong sweep,
And up the dusty road the hail
Came like a flock of hasty sheep,
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When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident... or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.
E. J. Smith, 1907, Captain, RMS Titanic

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Discover War Poets: 21 May 1916 Siegfried Sassoon writes of his return to Morlancourt ‘I found the village quiet & dusky’

Discover War Poets: 21 May 1918 Siegfried Sassoon writes that the Germans have been hammering Abbeville heavily for the last four nights.

Discover War Poets: 21 May 1917 Siegfried Sassoon writes ‘I still think I’d better go back to the 1st Battn as soon as possible unless I can make some protest against the war.’

HistoryExtra: “Sassoon’s angry, passionate and scathingly honest words deepened every generations’ understanding of the utter horror and despair of the First World War”

Kenmorrey: Siegfried Sassoon .Wilfred Owen

Oswestry Advertizer: FILM REVIEW: How Siegfried Sassoon impacted upon Oswestry's Wilfred Owen.

avataram: A Siegfried Sassoon biopic?

Mark Searby: BENEDICTION is now in UK cinemas. It tells the story of the life of English poet Siegfried Sassoon. My review of it can be heard here:

Clarisse Loughrey: there's something really beautiful about how terence davies refracts his soul through the lives of fellow poets. first emily dickinson, now siegfried sassoon in BENEDICTION

Sebastian & Emma Bear: Then we went to the cinema to see the film Benediction, all about Siegfried Sassoon. Wilfred Owen, Ivor Novello and Edith Sitwell also appeared in the film. It was fab! We give it 5 paws.

Peter Cox: Mostly high praise for Terence Davies' typically classy biopic of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon:

jorge: siegfried sassoon is just like me fr fr (gay, latterly catholic, someone once said I look like a ww1 poet)

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Births on this day in history

  • 05/21/1923 - Dorothy Hewett - Australian feminist poet
  • 05/21/1884 - Manuel Pérez y Curis - Uruguayan poet and publisher (d. 1920)
  • 05/21/1688 - Alexander Pope - English poet

Deaths on this day in history

  • 05/21/1790 - Thomas Warton - English poet and critic (b. 1728)
  • 05/21/1647 - Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft - Dutch poet and playwright (b. 1581)
  • 05/21/1086 - Wang Anshi - Chinese statesman and poet (b. 1021)