A Hero as Poet

There is a review in the Economist this week of a biography of the British WW2 poet Frank Thompson.  I have to admit I’ve never heard of Thompson and I’ve struggled to find examples of his work: I found one. His work is classically influenced, and apparently he considered himself only an amateur. But in the end, aren’t we all–or 99% of us anyway?

I love the title of the book: A Very English Hero. He was a member of the Special Operations Executive, as irregular a group of heroes as will ever exist: Think T.E. Lawrence by the dozen. I’ll probably ask my local library to pick up the book (a great way to get to read books that cost more than you’re keen to spend and still make sure the author gets paid). It sounds like a ripper of a story.