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(9 September 1871 – 3 November 1962)

Ralph Hodgson
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Order of the Rising Sun (Japanese 旭日章),was an English poet, very popular in his lifetime on the strength of a small number of anthology pieces, such as The Bull. He was one of the more 'pastoral' of the Georgian poets. In 1954, he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

He seems to have covered his tracks in relation to much of his life; he was averse to publicity. This has led to claims that he was reticent. Far from that being the case, his friend Walter De La Mare found him an almost exhausting talker; but he made a point of personal privacy. He kept up a copious correspondence with other poets and literary figures, including those he met in his time... more »

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  • ''Picture that orchard sprite,
    Eve, with her body white,
    Supple and smooth to her
    Slim finger tips,''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Eve (l. 25-28). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace ...
  • ''"Eva!" Each syllable
    Light as a flower fell;
    "Eva!" he whispered the
    Wondering maid;''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Eve (l. 17-20). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace ...
  • ''And in the shops nothing
    For people to eat;
    Nothing for sale in
    Stupidity Street.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Stupidity Street (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed...
  • ''For tamed and shabby tigers
    And dancing dogs and bears,
    And wretched, blind pit ponies
    And little hunted hares.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Bells of Heaven (l. 7-10). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
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