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Robert Graves

Education 1919: St. John’s College 1926: Cairo University Robert Graves Graves was known as a poet, lecturer and novelist. But he was also known as a classicist and a mythographer. Robert Graves grew up , being called one of the best 'Love' poets of all time.Robert wrote numerous amounts of novels and poems all throughout his life time (more than 140 works).

World War I & II When Robert Graves was 19 and went to go fight in The Great War, his love for writing and poetry really helped him ease some of his suffering pain. After World War I , and Graves divorced his first wife and went with Laura Ridings. Roberts ability to write creative poetry significantly ·increased. But in 1939 Ridings left Graves, and soon after Graves formulated his personal mythology of the White Goddess. After World War II , Graves returned to Majorca, where he lived and continued to write freely, and won a big international reputation.

WORLD WAR ONE WAS ROBERTS GREATEST INFLUENCE

War PoetRobert was quickly known as the war poet,and his poems were the most realistic when it came to front line conflict.

Robert Graves

Family LifeRoberts father, Alfred Perceval Graves, was a Gaelic scholar and Irish poet. His mother, Amalie von Ranke Graves, was from a recently ennobled German family. Overall the Graves were a typical British Victorian family of the upper middle classes. At the age of nineteen Robert enlisted in the British army and soon after fought in World War One were his life of poetry began. After the war , he married Nancy Nicholson. But Roberts marriage was cut off short upon the arrival of Laura Riding. Roberts Graves’s poetry underwent a significant transformation during his relationship with Laura.

Laura RiddingsAfter the war, Robert had married Nancy Nicholson. But was very weakened mentally and physcially, and he was finanically insecure. Robert was traumatized by the war , but he continued on and went to school at Oxford. After making great progress at Oxford, Robert moved in 1926 and took up a post at Cairo University where he offically met Laura Riding. After returning back to London , Robert left Nancy and took Lauras hand in marriage. "The influence of Laura Riding is quite possibly the most important single element in Roberts poetic career". Laura was able to put Robert to sleep finally after 4 years of fighting. Laura helped Robert concentrate on his poems and even gave him some of her own unique poetic pieces.Robert felt trapped in his own words, and Lauras support helped him strive and put his words on paper.

The Graves Family

Robert Graves Published his first cover of poetry => Over the Brazier

WHAT INFLUENCED HIS POETRY?

I was born in 1895 in Wimbledon,UK.

Influenced by:-The War -Family-Laura Ridings

Robert in combat during World War One

A Dead BocheTo you who’d read my songs of War And only hear of blood and fame, I’ll say (you’ve heard it said before) ”War’s Hell!” and if you doubt the same, Today I found in Mametz WoodA certain cure for lust of blood: Where, propped against a shattered trunk, In a great mess of things unclean, Sat a dead Boche; he scowled and stunk With clothes and face a sodden green,Big-bellied, spectacled, crop-haired, Dribbling black blood from nose and beard.

1962: W. H. Auden went as far as to announce that Graves was England’s “greatest living poet.”

Robert Grave 1895-1985


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