n English in Africa - Roy Campbell : uncollected verse

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Fortuitously, or at least with a kind of poetic justice, Roy Campbell's publication of poetry began at the moment at which he left Oxford, having given up the hope of ever attaining sufficient Greek to pass the Responsions examination which would have admitted him as a student of the University. Campbell's first two poems, signed Royston Dunnachie Campbell, were published in the Oxford Chronicle. "Gigue Macabre" appeared in January 1920, paired with Vera M. Brittain's bitter and disillusioned "The Lost Years": the two poems offer complementary, contrasting responses to postwar alienation.

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