New post from Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities Blog: The Land of Lost Content

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog is always happy to hear from Anilbalan. Today’s submission is of typical high quality!

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

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New post on Ghost Cities

The Land of Lost Content

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For a whole host of children born at the tail end of the 19th century the First World War marked a terrible frontier between innocence and adult worldliness. First-hand experience of the horror of war consigned blissful childhood visions to doubtful memory, and post-war technological and economic changes seemed set finally to dismantle an already crumbling rural culture, leaving much that was good behind. One of England’s most gifted poets, Edmund Blunden, seeing perhaps the cultural and spiritual consequences for the nation of unnaturally accelerated fundamental change, and at the same time trying to make sense of his own terrible war-time experience, sought to bring to mind – to his and ours – what at root really mattered in life. Unsurprisingly, he turned to his pre-war childhood vision of the village of Yalding in the Garden of England, his very own ‘land of lost content’. In his poem Old Homes, it was Yalding that he described: ‘O happiest village! how I turned to you / Beyond estranging years that cloaked my view / With all their heavy fogs of fear and strain; / I turned to you, I never turned in vain…’.

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ghostcities | April 17, 2016 at 2:00 am | Tags: Edmund Blunden, Robert Graves, The White Goddess | Categories: Folklore, Mythology, Poetry, Writer | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-ra

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