Anne Barbara Ridler

(30 July 1912 – 15 October 2001 / Rugby, England)

Anne Barbara Ridler
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Anne Barbara Ridler OBE (née Bradby) was a British poet, and Faber and Faber editor, selecting the Faber A Little Book of Modern Verse with T. S. Eliot (1941). Her Collected Poems (Carcanet Press) were published in 1994. She turned to libretto work and verse plays; it was later in life that she earned official recognition, receiving an OBE in 2001.

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Ridler was the daughter of HC Bradby, a housemaster at Rugby School, where she was born. Her mother, Violet Bradby, born Milford, wrote popular children's stories and was the sister of Humphrey S. Milford, Publisher to the University of Oxford. One of her great-grandfathers was Charles Richard Sumner, Bishop of ... more »

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  • Rookie Graham Ramsay (5/4/2009 11:23:00 PM)

    Anne R. wrote several poems which were extremely sensitive and warm. ONE i think was called a 'Child Born? ' She was a talented poet.

  • Rookie Graham Ramsay (5/4/2009 11:22:00 PM)

    Anne R. wrote several poems which were extremely sensitive and warm. ONE i think was called a 'Child Born? ' She was a talented poet.

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At Parting

Since we through war awhile must part
Sweetheart, and learn to lose
Daily use
Of all that satisfied our heart:
Lay up those secrets and those powers
Wherewith you pleased and cherished me these two years:

Now we must draw, as plants would,
On tubers stored in a better season,
Our honey and heaven;
Only our love can store such food.
Is this to make a god of absence?
A new-born monster to steal our sustenance?

We cannot quite cast out lack and pain.
Let him remain-what he may devour
We can well spare:
He never can tap this, the true vein.
I...

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