on 1 November 2012
Kathleen Raine (1908-2003) was an extraordinary poet and critic, married to the poet and sociologist Charles Madge (1912-1996). Her poetry has an intense spiritual quality, inspired by the wild, rugged landscape of Scotland where her mother was born. Her first published collection was `Stone and Flower' in 1943, followed by `Living in Time' (1946), `The Pythoness' (1949), `The Year One' (1952), `The Hollow Hill' (1965), `The Lost Country' (1971), `On a Deserted Shore' (1973), `The Oval Portrait' (1977), `The Oracle in the Heart' (1980), `The Presence' (1987) and `Living with Mystery' (1992).
Kathleen also produced three volumes of autobiography and wrote critically on William Blake and the Neoplatonic tradition, which reflected the sense of beauty and intense mystical and visionary aspect of her poetry celebrating the vitality of the world around us.
`Towards us out of the dark blew such sweet air/ It was the warm breath of the spirit, I knew, / Fragrant with wild thyme that grew/ In childhood's fields; he led me on, / Touched a thin partition, and was gone.' [The Hollow Hill].
The Collected poems were first published in 1981 and this later edition edited by Brian Keeble and published in 2000 by Golgonooza Press is of a very high standard and makes a beautiful gift for all lovers of poetry. Simply wonderful!