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Anne Ridler was a twentieth-century poet and verse playwright whose work has been called 'metaphysical'. She also edited and wrote introductions and commentary for literary works by others, produced translations of opera libretti, and left memoirs which were published after her death. Writing about personal experiences (including childbirth), about her faith, and about public or political concerns (much of her earlier poetry is filled with dread and darkness connected with the two World Wars), she links this world closely with her belief in God. Anne Ridler creates a meditative quality in her poems through complexly structured metaphor. Critic Kathleen Morgan comments that she "writes as one who experienced the happiest of family relationships. . . . and her life within that of the family is related to the larger life of the individual child of God." Bibliographic Citation link.
30 July 1912 Anne Bradby (later AR) was born at Rugby in Warwickshire, at School Field, one of the houses of Rugby School, late in the evening of the last day of the summer term. Bibliographic Citation link.
1943 AR called The Nine Bright Shiners after a series of poems it contains, whose title comes from the well-known folk-song "Green Grow the Rushes O", but here refers to the nine months of pregnancy. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 October 2001 AR died of cancer of the pancreas at the age of eighty-nine in Oxford. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
31 December 2004 AR's Memoirs were posthumously published; she had been working on them until illness intervened, and the closing pages were revised by her from conversations taped by her son Ben. Bibliographic Citation link.
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