Humbert Wolfe Poems

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Humbert Wolfe
Humbert Wolfe CB CBE (January 5, 1885, Milan, Italy January 5, 1940), was an Italian-born English poet, man of letters and civil servant, from a Jewish family background, his father being a German Jew (Martin Wolff) and his mother an Italian Jew (Consuela, nee Terraccini). He was one of the most popular authors of the 1920s. He is now remembered for his epigram: You cannot hope to bribe or twist, thank God! the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to. He was also a translator of Heinrich Heine, Edmond Fleg (1874-1963)and Eugene Heltai. A Christian convert, he remained very aware of his Jewish heritage. His career was in the Civil Service, beginning in the Board of Trade and then in the Ministry of Labour. By 1940 he had a position of high responsibility. His work was recognised with a CBE and then a CB.

requiem: the soldier
 
 
Down some cold field in a world outspoken
the young men are walking together, slim and tall,... [read poem]
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