BD. Edmund Blunden
136. Mr. Collins at Miyajima, 1959. Asahi shimbun, 30 June 1959, n.p.
Stanzas ‘in the manner of’ an ode by William
Collins (1721-59), describing Miyajima and longing for ‘shelter’
there. Had Collins been able to see Miyajima, a prefatory note informs,
he ‘might have such feelings’ as the poem describes. After
Blunden’s death the work was engraved on a black marble stone and
placed by the steps leading to Hiramatsu Park on Miyajima, one of several
such tributes to Blunden’s verse in Japan (see also 58
and 118). Reprinted in 160.