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 Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger

Birth
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 4 Jul 1916 (aged 28)
Belloy-en-Santerre, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Burial Lihons, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Memorial ID 9175499 · View Source
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Poet. He entered Harvard College in 1906, editing the Harvard Monthly in his senior year. He chafed at Philistine restrictions and conventions and in 1912 moved to Paris, where he wrote and worked in the Latin Quarter. Upon the coming of war he soon enlisted in the Foreign Legion. On July 4, 1916, Seeger went over the top with his company at Belloy-en-Santerre. He was last seen alive, wounded, but cheering on his companions. The next morning he was found dead in a shell hole. The French Government awarded him the Croix de Guerre and Medaille Militaire. His Collected Poems were published in 1916. His poem, "I Have A Rendezvous With Death," was one of the greatest poems of the First World War. Uncle of musician/singer Pete Seeger.

Bio by: D. P. Sanders


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9175499
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alan Seeger (22 Jun 1888–4 Jul 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9175499, citing Nécropole Nationale de Lihons, Lihons, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .