Author of the Month
In celebration of Wales’ Year of Legends, we are shining the spotlight on one of our legendary Welsh authors each month.
Legend of the Month, May: Robert Graves
Robert Graves began publishing poetry after the outbreak of the First World War, to which he enlisted in 1914 as a junior officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was one of the first to write realistic poems about the experience of fighting on the frontline. His first volume of poems, Over the Brazier, was published in 1916, and by 1917 he had produced two further collections of war poetry whilst still in active service. Over the Brazier and Fairies and Fusiliers earned for Graves the reputation as an accomplished war poet. You can find all Graves’ war poetry in recently published Robert Graves: War Poems (Seren, 2016).
During his lifetime Graves published more than 140 books, including fifty-five collections of poetry (he reworked his Collected Poems repeatedly during his career), fifteen novels, ten translations, and forty works of non-fiction, autobiography, and literary essays.