A mystery! I have these titles of poems published soon after World War I. PROBABLY they are all by one author. But who?
"Lobs and Meteoric Swervers"
"Daddy Time including Kickers"
"In Despite of Many Thousands"
Does anybody recognize these titles or have an idea who the poet might be?
I have ALMOST certainly attributed these poems to HENRY NEWBOLT, naval historian, poet, and WWI veteran. But his works are hard to find.
If anyone has an anthology of his poems, please would you see if it contains a poem called THE DIVER, or any poem containing something like these lines:
. Stand by to reckon up your battleships
. Ten, twenty, thirty – there they go.
. Brag about your cruisers like leviathans
. A thousand men apiece down below
(This could be the SONG version, so the original poem may differ.)
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He also published two volumes of poetry, Admirals All (1897) and The Island Race (1898).
I saw used copies of both books on Abebooks, if you want to call the dealers and see if they will be helpful.
Thanks, Hugh. A friend is going to try looking in a humungous British library and if that doesn't work I'll throw myself on the kindness of rare-book dealers.
Sorry. I meant, of course, AN humungous British library.