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Elizabeth Daryush is in the unusual position of being a poet laureate's daughter ("a grievous disadvantage for any poet to labour under," as Donald Davie put it). Bibliographic Citation link. Her career spanned much of the twentieth century, and she has been praised to the skies by several eminent (male) poets and critics, but almost entirely ignored both by the reading public in general, the leaders of orthodox critical opinion, and the older and newer generations of feminist critics. As well as her original poetry, she wrote translations from classical Persian.
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1887 Elizabeth Bridges (later ED) was born, the eldest of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 June 1904 A masque entitled Demeter by Robert Bridges was performed in the college gardens by students of Somerville, Oxford, to celebrate the opening of their new library; it included verses by his daughter Elizabeth. Bibliographic Citation link.
1936 ED published The Last Man and Other Verses this year (a volume which practically speaking was the fifth in her current series). Bibliographic Citation link.
1976 The year before her death, ED issued her Collected Poems, edited by Donald Davie. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 April 1977 ED died at the age of about ninety. Bibliographic Citation link.
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