Julian Bell (1908-37) was born in London, the son of Clive and Vanessa Bell and the nephew of Virgina Woolf. His publications include Winter Movement (1930) followed by Works For Winter (1936). This poem appears in Poetry of the Thirties (Penguin Classic, 1991).
This is the second of a series of five poems from the Thirties to coincide with the South Bank Centre's Towards the Millennium festival, which runs throughout March and April. An exhibition of poetry from the Thirties is on show at The Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, London, until 30 April.Reuse content