War poet wrote about 'stupidity and futility'
A 92-year-old war poet whose works have only been recently discovered, is to attend a poetry reception at Buckingham Palace.
Dennis Wilson's first book, "Elegy of a Common Soldier", was published for the first time last year, almost 70 years after he wrote the poem.
Speaking to the Today programme, the former soldier - who fought in WWII - explained why he wanted to write poetry.
He said: "I wanted to write what I thought about wars, and stupidity and futility. So I was writing what was meant to be a long poem, and I was writing it in sections.
"I actually started before Normandy, and then in Normandy I used the field service pocket book to write more.
"And then I would post them home to my mother in case I didn't get back, and she used to collect them together.
"Then I was wounded and I was taken back to hospital, and actually finished it in hospital with my left hand," he added.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 19 November 2013.
19 Nov 2013
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