Alan Seeger was an American poet who fought and died in the First World War during the Battle of the Somme serving in the French Foreign Legion. Seeger is the uncle of American folk singer Pete Seeger, and was a classmate of T.S. Eliot at Harvard. He is most well known for having authored the poem, I Have a Rendezvous with Death, a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. A statue modelled after Seeger is found on the monument honouring fallen Americans who volunteered for France during the war, located at the Place des États-Unis, Paris.
Alan Seeger’s Poems:
- On Returning to the Front After Leave
- Ode in Memory of the American Volunteers Fallen for France
- Sonnet XII
- I Have a Rendezvous with Death
Resources for Alan Seeger