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Binyon, Laurence

Born: 1869 AD
Died: 1943 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Historian, Poets

1896 – Robert Laurence Binyon was born on the 10th of August in Lancaster, England. English poet, dramatist, and art historian, a pioneer in the European study of Far Eastern painting.

         – Binyon was educated at St. Paul’s School and Trinity College, Oxford.

1890 – He won the Newdigate Prize for one poem whilst at Oxford.

1893 – Worked at the Department of Printed Books in the British Museum.

1904 – Married fellow historian Cicely Margaret Powell, and they have three daughters.

1909 – Became the Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings.

1913 – He worked as Keeper of the new Sub-Department of Oriental Prints and Drawings.

1916 – Worked for the Red Cross as a medical orderly with an Ambulance Unit.

1918 – He wrote about his experiences in "For Dauntless France".

         – His most famous poem, For the Fallen, was often recited at Remembrance Sunday services in the UK.

1931 – Appeared his two volumes Collected Poems.

1933-1943 – Between this years he published an acclaimed translation of Dante’s Divina commedia in an English version of terza rima.

         – Appointed Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard.

1934 – Retired from the British Museum.

1939 – Gave the prestigious Romanes Lecture in Oxford on Art and Freedom.

1940-1941 – Appointed the Byron Professor of English Literature at University of Athens.

1943 – Binyon died on the 10th of March at Reading, Berkshire.