Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 18 May [1945]

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
18 May [1945]
Place: London
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001616-3
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
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Transcript: 

toward the Park I saw the explanation of William's horror, for there, largely seated on a block of mouldy marble was an oversized effigy of Lord Byron in black. Chin cupped in one hand slightly reminiscent of Rodin's "Thinker". He also stared pitifully into space, bearing the shame of lost dignity which dribbled in one large ossified streak of white permanently pouring over his forehead, into the corner of his eye, down beside the nose, between the lips, over the chin, into the hand, overflowing onto the wrist. The pigeons expression screamed white against the black.
What poetry would both these men have bitterly protested. So much for fame.
I have just returned from Bournemouth meeting prisoners of war (ours) and it is good to see caged men free. Their eyes sparkle with pleasure and they enjoy simple things which they always previously took for granted. They are in surprisingly keen state of mind and health. The war prisoners