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February 29, 2012

The Poetry of Ruth Pitter

Ruth Pitter (1897 - 1992)

On this day in 1992 Ruth Pitter died. Although Pitter has fallen into the obscurity we might associate with leap year, she was a durable and prize-winning poet in her day — Hawthornden Prize, Heinemann Award, Queen’s Gold Medal, CBE, eighteen books of verse. The modern neglect may be attributable to her too-wide range, or her unmodern themes, or what Thom Gunn said of her: “Ruth Pitter is the most modest of poets, slipping us her riches as if they were everyday currency.”

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