Fun Facts Friday: Laurence Binyon
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 10, 2018

Laurence Binyon (10 August, 1869 – 10 March, 1943) was a poet, dramatist and art scholar from England. Books by Laurence Binyon* Binyon won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1891 – he was still studying at Trinity College, Oxford at the time. After graduation in 1893, Mr. Binyon got a job at the Department of Printed Books of the British Museum. He was writing catalogues. His wife, Cicely Margaret Powell was a historian. The couple had three daughters. Even though he was too old to server in World War I, the poet volunteered at a British hospital for French soldiers. After the war ended, Mr. Binyon returned to the British Museum and published several books on art. After retiring from the museum, Mr. Binyon continued doing academic work including a Professor or Poetry sting at Harvard University, giving lectures in Oxford and being appointed the Byron Professor of English Literature at the University of Athens. During the years 1933 – 1943, Mr. Binyon published a translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy to rave reviews. The poet wrote The Burning of the Leaves, a long poem about the London Blitz during World War II. For many, this poem is regarded as his…

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