George Whalley: Poems 1939-1944 (990 words)


Poems 1939-1944 and No Man An Island, the two books of poems George Whalley published during his life, are closely connected. The works in both collections draw from a great outpouring of verse Whalley produced during World War II, in which he served as a naval officer and a secret intelligence agent, and its immediate aftermath, when he returned to Canada and joined the faculty of Bishop’s University. In identifying Whalley as “one of Canada’s most distinguished poets”, David Lewis writes that “his war poems display a mature range and scope that is unrivalled by any of the other second-world-war poets [Lewis names Keith Douglas and Randall Jarrell] with whom he clearly deserves equal mention” (Lewis 1987, 731, …

Citation: DiSanto, Michael. "Poems 1939-1944". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 November 2013 [, accessed 03 August 2020.]

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