|About the Book|
Gibson was born in Hexham, Northumberland and left the north for London in 1912 after his father died. He had been publishing poems in magazines since 1897, and the collections Stonefolds, On The Threshold, were published by the Samurai Press in 1907, and followed by The Web of Life in 1908.Despite his residence in London and later on in Gloucestershire, many of Gibsons poems both then and later, have Northumberland settings: Hexhams Market Cross- Hareshaw- and The Kielder Stone. Others deal with poverty and passion amid wild Northumbrian landscapes. Still others are devoted to fishermen, industrial workers and miners, often alluding to local ballads and the rich folk-song heritage of the North East.It was in London that he met both Edward Marsh and Rupert Brooke, becoming a close friend and later Brookes literary executor (with Lascelles Abercrombie and Walter de la Mare). This was at the period when the first Georgian Poetry anthology was being hatched. Gibson was one of the insiders.During the early part of his writing life, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson wrote poems that featured the macabre. One such poem is Flannan Isle, based on a real life mystery.He never saw active service during his brief time as an army private, but his poetry belies his lack of experience, Breakfast written in the book Up To The Line Of Death - The War Poets 1914-1918 is a prime example of ironic war verse written during the very early stages of the conflict. Another example of his war-time poetry is Back. In this poem the speaker wonders how to respond to the questions about what the speaker did in the war. The speaker does not believe that it was his true self who went across, however he knows that physically it was him.