Marian Allen was born in 1892. She is best remembered for a sequence of sonnets known popularly as ‘The Wind on the Downs’, after the title of the small 63 page book of poems she published in 1918. The book (published by I.A. Richards) also contained the poem ‘The Raiders’ which describes early war-time aviation, and was written just a few days before she received news that her fiancé had been shot down and killed on a bombing raid in 1917. Born in Australia, she moved to Oxford as a teenager, and lived in England until her death in 1953.