BC. Laurence Binyon
31. The Burning of the Leaves and Other Poems. London: Macmillan, 1944.
Posthumous, with an introduction by Binyon’s
wife, Cicily, saying that these were all the poems her husband would have
wished to be published. Binyon does not return directly to Japan in his
last poems, but many reflect his profound sadness at the ‘illness’
of the world at war, and The Cherry Trees is arguably about Binyon’s
hope that Japan and the world will soon be returned to peace.