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Twentieth-century poet Iris Tree published three volumes of poetry in her twenties and thirties and a long poem in her old age. Her poems also appeared in verse anthologies, most notably Edith Sitwell's Wheels, and in various journals. As an actress and daughter of a theatrical family, she also wrote three plays, including one for children. Her early poems often deal with war's destruction of humanity and society, while her later poems consider themes such as God, nature, and sensual love. Iris Tree wrote many letters, vivacious and hyperbolic in tone.
27 January 1897 IT was born in London, the third and youngest daughter of parents who had hoped for a son. Bibliographic Citation link.
1966 IT's long poem The Marsh Picnic was published just two years before her death, with the Rampant Lions Press in a limited edition of 300 copies. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 April 1968 IT died not long after burglars had broken into her London home while she was there, and robbed her. Her death (aged seventy-one) was said to be connected with the nervous shock of this event. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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