Sitwell, Edith. (1887 - 1964).
L i f e
- an eccentric artist flamboyant both in her dress and manner
- provoked tight bourgeois conventions by both her work and life
W o r k
Wheels (1916 - 21):
- a poetry anthology reacting against the romantic ruralism of the Georgian Poetry anthologies
Poems for the Façade (1922):
- eighteen provocative and flippant lyrics for the musical Façade
- written as exact complements to the music by William Walton: neither the poems nor the music achieve their full effect when separated
- varied in style and mood, but: all exercise rhythm, rhyme, assonance or dissonance
- recited by the poet herself though a megaphone placed against a hole in the curtain => eliminated the personality of the reciter
Street Songs (1942), Green Song (1944), and The Song of the Cold (1945):
- collections of her own poetry
< indebted to T. S. Eliot's later verse
< reflects her interest in history, her religious devotion, and the WW II
- her favourite images: juvenescence and senescence, dark and light, the passion of Christ
> "Still Falls the Rain" (1940):
- sees Christ recrucified in the London Blitz "each day, each night"
"Still falls the Rain — / Dark as the world of man, black as our loss — / Blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails / Upon the Cross."
From "Still Falls the Rain" (1940).
(Photo: Famous Poets & Poems com).
AuthorDame Edith Louisa Sitwell. (1887 - 1964). British.
WorkPoet. Critic. Editor. Author of "Still Falls the Rain" (1940).
GenresModernism. War poetry. Devotional poetry. History.
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