Daryush, Elizabeth

(1887-1977)
   She followed her poet laureate father, Robert Bridges, into poetry, but did not follow his style. Her poems are often critical of the upper classes and the social injustice and human suffering their privilege levies upon others. She married Ali Akbar Daryush, an Iranian whom she had met when he was studying at Oxford University. Later he became a diplomat in his own country and she spent four years in Iran, but spent most of her life in Boar's Hill outside Oxford. Her poetry, although largely neglected, has been compared to that of Thomas Hardy. Her main publications: Verses, 1930. Verses, Third Book, 1933. The Last Man, and Other Poems, 1936. Collected Poems, 1976. Some of her poems: "Anger Lay by Me All Night Long," "Armistice," "Autumn, Dark Wanderer," "Eyes That Queenly Sit," "Farewell for a While," "Flanders Fields," "For a Survivor of the Mesopotamian Campaign," "Forbidden Love," "Fresh Spring," "Unknown Warrior," "War Tribunal."
   Sources: Chaos of the Night: Women's Poetry and Verse of the Second World War. Catherine W. Reilly, ed. Virago Davidson Press, 1984. Oldpoetry (www.oldpoetry.com). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000.

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