Elizabeth Jennings

Literary Birthday – 18 July – Elizabeth Jennings


Elizabeth Jennings was born 18 July 1926 and died 26 October 2001

Five Quotes

  1. For me, poetry is always a search for order.
  2. When I re-read my past work I can see a development to such an effect,indeed,that some of them no longer seem to be any part of me.
  3. Poets work upon and through each other.
  4. I write fast and revise very little.
  5. Only one thing must be cast out, and that is the vague. Only true clarity reaches to the heights and the depths of human, and more than human, understanding.

Elizabeth Jennings was an English poet. Her works relate personal matters in a plainspoken, traditional, and objective style. A Way of Looking won a Somerset Maugham Award. Other collections include Recoveries, The Mind Has Mountains, and In the Meantime. She also published poetry for children. In 1992 Jennings was made a Commander of the British Empire.

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by Amanda Patterson

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