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Alan Seeger

Frontispiece Letters and Diary, 1917 Foto: Wikimedia Commons Frontispiece Letters and Diary, 1917
  • When: WWI
  • Where: France
  • Category of People: other
  • Born: June 22, 1888
  • Died: July 4, 1916
  • Education: Harvard '10

American poet who lived in Paris when he joined the French Foreign Legion in August 1914 and fought with the French during World War One. He was killed during the Battle of the Somme.

He wrote Ode in Memory of the American Volunteers Fallen for France that he was to read on Decoration Day, May 30, 1916 in Paris before the statue of Lafayette and Washington, place des √Čtats-Unis. He was denied permission to go to Paris. He was killed in action a few weeks later, on July 4, 1916.

The statue, by Jean Boucher, on the monument to the American Volunteers who fought in World War One in the service of France, is modeled after a photograph of Alan Seeger. Two excerpts of the poem are engraved on the base of the statue.

"Alan Seeger, class of 1910" by M. A. DeWolfe Howe, Memoirs of the Harvard Dead in the War Against Germany (1920).

Author of Poems (1916), Letters and Diary of Alan Seeger (1917).

Biography of Alan Seeger (1888-1916) at The Poetry Foundation.

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