Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Great Regulars: [Kathleen Raine's] scientific training, however--

she read Natural Sciences at Cambridge--also gave her a very precise understanding of our position in the universe. Her poetry may acknowledge both the visions of Blake and the emotional logic of Donne but, as a review of her Collected Poems (1956) put it, we see her own Platonic reflections always "in the sombre waters of the temporal world". In "The Virgin", for example, Raine weaves together in lines of flawless beauty the seen and the unseen, time and timelessness.

from The Times Literary Supplement: Poem of the Week: "The Virgin"


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