BD. Edmund Blunden
45. A Song. Fortnightly NS 138 (September 1935): 338.
When the speaker was a boy in England a shopkeeper
on his street pointed to clouds on the eastern horizon and said, ‘See
Japan’. The poem describes what of ‘Japan’ the boy could
and could not see. Saitô (185a)
recalls Blunden telling him that the shopkeeper’s words were ‘a
fact . . . not a poetic fancy’. Reprinted as Looking
Eastward in An Elegy and Other Poems (London: Cobden-Sanderson,
1937), and in 50 and 165.