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Elizabeth Jennings
Elizabeth Jennings (July 18, 1926 October 26, 2001) was an English poet, noted for her clarity of style and simplicity of literary approach. Her Roman Catholicism coloured much of her work. Jennings was born in Lincolnshire, but her family moved to Oxford when she was six. There she later attended St Anne's College. After graduation, she became a librarian. She is not generally regarded as an innovator. Her work displays a simplicity of metre and rhyme shared with Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis and Thom Gunn, all members of the group of English poets known as The Movement. She always made it clear that, whilst her life, which included a spell of severe mental illness, contributed to the themes contained within her work, she did not write explicitly autobiographical poetry. She is buried in Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford.

august 1968
 
 
The Ogre does what ogres can,
Deeds quite impossible for Man,
But one prize is beyond his ... [read poem]
from the dog beneath the skin
 
 
Now through night's caressing grip
Earth and all her oceans slip,
Capes of China slide awa... [read poem]
a performance of henry v at stratford-upon-avon
 
 
Nature teaches us our tongue again
And the swift sentences came pat. I came
Into cool nigh... [read poem]
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