BD. Edmund Blunden


59. After the Bombing and Other Short Poems. London: Macmillan, 1949. Reprint, Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries, 1971.

Reprints Voices in Tokyo (55c). Along with this work and the poem noted below, Saitô (185f) counts From the Flying Boat among Blunden’s ‘Japan poems’, but nothing in it specifically marks the setting or subject as Japan.


a. To the New Japan. Hopeful lines about Japan after the war, urging the calling forth of a ‘spirit’ that will once again bring happiness and prosperity to the land where the ‘far-born’ may ‘learn calm light’. Kirkpatrick (187) suggests that the poem was originally titled Walking in Tokyo, 1948, but does not provide publication details. Reprinted in 162 and 165.





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