Florence Margaret Smith was born on September 20, 1902 in Hull, England. Her father left the family to join the North Sea Patrol when she was just a young girl. She moved at the age of three to Palmers Green where she attended the North London Collegiate School. While still only a teenager her mother died and she and her sister went to live with their spinster aunt. The aunt became an important figure in her life, affectionately known as "The Lion".
After high school she attended North London Collegiate School for Girls. She began as a secretary with the magazine publisher George Newnes and went on to be the private secretary to Sir Nevill Pearson and Sir Frank Newnes. She began... more »
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''Our Bog is dood, our Bog is dood,Stevie Smith (1902-1971), British poet. Our Bog is Dood (l. 1-4). . . No Nature; New and Selected Poems [Gary Snyder]. (1992) Pantheon Books.
They lisped in accents mild,
But when I asked them to explain
They grew a little wild.''
''Cry pretty, pretty, pretty and you'll be ableStevie Smith (1902-1971), British poet, novelist. Pretty (l. 33-36). . . No Nature; New and Selected Poems [Gary Snyder]. (1992) Pantheon Books.
Very soon not even to cry pretty
And so be delivered entirely from humanity
This is prettiest of all, it is very pretty.''
''As Nature is always careless and indifferentStevie Smith (1902-1971), British poet, novelist. Pretty (l. 27-28). . . CP-Smit.
Who sees, who steps, means nothing and this is pretty.''
''Fourteen-year-old, why must you giggle and dote,Stevie Smith (1902-1971), British poet. "The Conventionalist."
Fourteen-year-old, why are you such a goat?
I'm fourteen years old, that is the reason,
I giggle and dote in season.''
''People who are always praising the pastStevie Smith (1902-1971), British poet, novelist. The Past, Selected Poems (1962).
And especially the times of faith as best
Ought to go and live in the Middle Ages
And be burnt at the stake as witches and sages.''
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