While I Write

University Of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Manuscript in pen in Ivor Gurney's hand. An alternative version exists in manuscript notebook 67.8. The version shown here was included in P.J. Kavanagh's 'Ivor Gurney: Collected Poems' (2004). Written while Gurney was either at Barnwood House asylum, Gloucester (September-December 1922) or Stone House, Dartford, Kent (the City of London Mental Hospital where Gurney stayed from December 1922 until his death).