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Poems of West and East

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Poems of West and East by Vita Sackville-West is a beautiful collection of poems that explores the themes of travel, love, nature, and time. The poems showcase Sackville-West's keen observation of the world around her, as well as her deep emotional sensitivity.

The poems in this collection are divided into two sections: West and East. The West section features poems that are rooted in Sackville-West's European heritage, with references to mythology, history, and the natural beauty of the English countryside. The East section, on the other hand, takes readers on a journey to the exotic landscapes of the Middle East and Asia, offering glimpses of different cultures and ways of life.

Sackville-West's lyrical and evocative language brings these diverse settings to life, transporting readers to distant lands and immersing them in the sights, sounds, and smells of these places. Her poems are filled with vivid imagery and emotional depth, capturing the essence of each location and conveying the universal experiences of longing, loss, and love.

Overall, Poems of West and East is a captivating collection that showcases Vita Sackville-West's talent as a poet. Her words have a timeless quality that resonates with readers, inviting them to explore the beauty and complexity of the world through her eyes.

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Victoria Mary Sackville-West, The Hon Lady Nicolson, best known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author and poet. Her long narrative poem, The Land, won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927. She won it again, becoming the only writer to do so, in 1933 with her Collected Poems. She helped create her own gardens in Sissinghurst, Kent, which provide the backdrop to Sissinghurst Castle. She was famous for her exuberant aristocratic life, her strong marriage, and her passionate affair with novelist Virginia Woolf. Poems of West and East is a short collection of her early work, which was published in 1917. (Summary by Wikipedia and Elizabeth Klett)


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