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Emma Thomas Ruth Pitter (7 November 1897 - 29 February 1992) was a British poet. 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... February 29 is a day added into a leap year of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ...


She was the first woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry (in 1955), and was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1979 to honour her many contributions to English literature. The Gold Medal for Poetry, originally instituted by King George V, is awarded in some years on 23 April, for a book of verse written by a United Kingdom or British Commonwealth citizen; before 1985 it was awarded only to British writers (this rule clearly not having hardened by 1940). ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ...


In 1974 she was named a Companion of Literature, the highest honor given by the Royal Society of Literature. The Royal Society of Literature is the senior literary organisation in Britain. External link The Royal Society of Literature Categories: Literature stubs | Literature of the United Kingdom ...


Career

Pitter began writing poetry early in life under the influence of her parents (both educators). In 1920, she published her first book of poetry with the help of Hilaire Belloc. She went on to publish numerous volumes of poetry, many of which were met with some critical and financial success. This article is about the art form. ... Photograph of Belloc Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc (27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953) was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. ...


She received the Hawthornden Prize in 1937 for A Trophy of Arms, published the previous year. In 1954 she won the William E. Heinemann Award for her book, Ermine (1953). The Hawthornden Prize is a British literary award. ...


Style and Influences

Pitter was a traditionalist poet--she avoided most of the experimentations of modern verse and preferred the meter and rhyme schemes of the 19th century. Because of this, Pitter was too frequently overlooked by the major critics of her day, and has only in recent years been seen as an important British poet of the 20th century: her reputation has been helped in large part by Philip Larkin's respect for her poetry (he included four of her poems in the Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse). Meter (British English spelling: metre) describes the linguistic sound patterns of a verse. ... A rhyme is a repetition of identical or similar terminal sounds in two or more different words (i. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL, (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. ...


She was a good friend of C. S. Lewis, who admired her poetry and once said, according to his friend and biographer George Sayer, that if he was the kind of man who got married, he would want to marry Ruth Pitter. Clive Staples Jack Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar. ...


She met and corresponded with Lewis for many years, and is thought by many Lewis scholars to have had an effect on his writing in the 1940s and 1950s.


W. B. Yeats, Robin Skelton, and Thom Gunn also appreciated Pitter's work and praised her poetry. Lord David Cecil once remarked that Pitter was one of the most original and moving poets then living. William Butler Yeats, 1933. ... Robin Skelton (October 12, 1925 –August 22, 1997) was a British-born academic, writer and poet, who lived in Canada from1963. ... Thom Gunn (August 29, 1929 - April 25, 2004) was a British poet. ... Lord Edward Christian David Gascoyne-Cecil (April 9, 1902 – January 1, 1986), was an English aristocrat, literary scholar, biographer and academic. ...


External link

  • [1] Recent project to write two books on Pitter's life.

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Ruth Pitter (1897 - February 29, 1992) was a British poet.
Pitter began writing poetry early in life under the influence of her parents (both educators).
Pitter was a traditionalist poet--she avoided most of the experimentations of modern verse and preferred the meter and rhyme schemes of the 19th century.
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