In memoriam: the great war - John Bain, elegist of lost boys and lost boyhood

J. A. Mangan

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    It has been written of the Great War that sensibility is the umbilicus of our understanding. The obscure Marlborough schoolmaster, John Bain, made an inimitable contribution to this understanding with his evocations of boyhood brought to appalling destruction. He was the unique elegist of boys he had loved in the beauty of their youth; a singular chronicler of their lost boyhood and a moving memorialist of his lost boys.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)492-530
    Number of pages39
    JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • memorialist
    • elegist
    • chronicler
    • war verse
    • lost boyhood
    • lost boys
    • monodist

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