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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).

  • Author

    Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell. (1887 - 1964). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Critic. Editor. Author of "Still Falls the Rain" (1940).
  • Genres

    Modernism. War poetry. Devotional poetry. History. 


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