Winston Churchill's only poem as adult up for grabs

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2013 06:50 hrs

Former England Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill's one and only effort at poetry as an adult is set to go for auction for 15,000 pounds.

The wartime leader was a brilliant speechwriter, prolific author and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Despite being a lover of poetry, only one other poem written by Churchill has been found, which he had written as a schoolboy.

The poem has been given a conservative estimate of 15,000 pounds. It will be sold at auction on April 10.

According to the Daily Mirror, now a 10 verse poem penned over two pages in blue crayon by Churchill while he was in the Army has emerged for sale at auction in London.

It is signed by Churchill and was written on the headed notepaper of his regiment, the 4th Hussars, in about 1898.

The poem makes reference to obscure cities under the rule of the British Empire like Wai-hai-wai - Weihai in China.

According to the report, Allen Packwood, the director of the Churchill Archive Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge, said that 'it is rare to find a piece of poetry by him as an adult'.

A spokesman for auctioneers Bonhams said that "the work certainly provided a fascinating extra insight into the life of one of the country's greatest figures', the report added. (ANI)

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