Dominic Hibberd Quotes
“But the most gratifying message was a warm-hearted and completely unexpected letter from Robert Graves, who had just been shown Wilfred's latest poems by Sassoon. 'Don't make any mistake, Owen,' Graves wrote, 'you are a damned fine poet already & are going to be more so... you have found a new method... those assonances instead of rhymes are fine - Puff out your chest a little, Owen & be big - for you've more right than most of us... You must help S.S. and R.N. and R.G. to revolutionize English Poetry - So outlive this War.”
- Date of birth: November 03, 1941
- Died: August 12, 2012
- Born: in Guildford, The United Kingdom.
- Description: The son of a director of Coutts bank, John William Dominic Hibberd was born in Guildford on November 3 1941. From Rugby (where he was bullied) he won an exhibition to King’s College, Cambridge, and after graduating took a PhD at Exeter University.
He became the world's leading authority on the life and work of Wilfred Owen. In 1973 he became the fourth editor of Owen's war poems, following Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden and Cecil Day-Lewis.
He taught English at Manchester Grammar School and Keele and Exeter universities, as well as universities in America and China.
After retiring from teaching in the 1980s he became a full-time writer about the First World War poets. In his first book, Owen the Poet, he showed that much of the language and imagery of Owen’s most famous poems was in place long before Owen experienced the realities of the trenches. In Wilfred Owen: The Last Year (1992) he explored the importance of Owen’s time in hospital .
Other books include Diary of a Dead Officer, a study of the poet Arthur Graeme West, and Harold Monro: Poet of the New Age (2001), an absorbing biography of the poet, idealist, campaigner, alcoholic and homosexual who started Poetry Review and the Poetry Bookshop which, for more than 20 years, was, as Hibberd put it, “the most famous centre for poets in the English-speaking world”. In 2007 he edited (with John Onions) The Winter of the World: Poems of the First World War.
A quiet, courteous man and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Hibberd lived in Oxfordshire with his civil partner, Tom Coulthard, who survives him.