Who is Dame Edith Sitwell

Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell (7 September 1887 – 9 December 1964) was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwells. She reacted badly to her eccentric, unloving parents and lived much of her life with her governess. She never married but became passionately attached to Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew, and her home was always open to London's poetic circle, to whom she was generous and helpful.

Sitwell published poetry continuously from 1913, some of it abstract and set to music. With her dramatic style and exotic costumes, she was sometimes labelled a poseur, but her work was praised for its solid technique and painstaking craftsmanship. She was a recipient of the Benson Medal of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Dame Edith Sitwell Poems

  • When Cold December
    When cold December
    Froze to grisamber
    The jangling bells on the sweet rose-trees-
    Then fading slow...
  • The Web Of Eros
    Within your magic web of hair, lies furled
    The fire and splendour of the ancient world;
    The dire gold of the comet's wind-blown hair;
    The songs that turned to gold the evening air...
  • The Fan
    Lovely Semiramis
    Closes her slanting eyes:
    Dead is she long ago.
    From her fan, sliding slow,...
  • Interlude
    Amid this hot green glowing gloom
    A word falls with a raindrop's boom…

    Like baskets of ripe fruit in air...
  • Clowns' Houses
    Beneath the flat and paper sky
    The sun, a demon's eye,
    Glowed through the air, that mask of glass;
    All wand'ring sounds that pass...
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Top 10 most used topics by Dame Edith Sitwell

Cold 6 Hair 4 Dance 3 Bright 3 Snow 3 Long 3 Green 3 Joy 3 Light 3 Mind 2

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Dean_frey: "i have a great feeling of gratitude. the mirror published my first poem - in 1913 - when no other paper or publisher would have anything to do with my work." - edith sitwell this goodwill towards her paper allowed doreen spooner to take this amazing shot of dame edith, in 1962.
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Alexconnorwrite: “i never attack unless i have been attacked first, and then heaven have mercy upon the attacker! i sharpen my wits on a wooden head as a cat sharpens its claws on the wood legs of a table.” dame edith sitwell dbe (1887 – 1964) british poet, part of the sitwell literary clan.
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Zarandillo: sitwell, dame edith (1887-1964, poet and critic) [1950] portrait by george platt lynes (1907-1955) stella bowen said that edith sitwell was like 'a high altar on the move.'
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The Sunset stopped on Cottages
 by Emily Dickinson


The Sunset stopped on Cottages
Where Sunset hence must be
For treason not of His, but Life's,
Gone Westerly, Today-

The Sunset stopped on Cottages

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