Fleur Adcock


Fleur Adcock
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Kareen Fleur Adcock (known as Fleur Adcock) (born 10 February 1934) is a New Zealand poet and editor, of English and Northern Irish ancestry, who has lived much of her life in England.

Adcock was born in Auckland, but spent the years between 1939 and 1947 in the UK. Her sister is the novelist Marilyn Duckworth. She studied Classics at the Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a M.A.. She worked as an assistant lecturer and later an assistant librarian at the University of Otago in Dunedin until 1962. She was married to two famous New Zealand literary personalities. In 1952 she married Alistair Campbell, (divorced 1958). Then in 1962 she married Barry Crump, divorcing ... more »

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  • ''Poetry is a search for ways of communication; it must be conducted with openness, flexibility, and a constant readiness to listen.''
    Fleur Adcock (b. 1934), New Zealand poet. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980).
  • My verse forms are relatively traditional (traditions alter). In general they have moved away from strict classical patterns in the direction of greater freedom—as is usual with most artists lear...
    Fleur Adcock (b. 1934), New Zealand poet. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980). Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was an impor...
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  • Annie Thanjan (10/7/2006 12:30:00 PM)

    Read a fantastic poem by Fleur Adcock: Knife-play.
    The first reading is interesting but by the time you have read it a few times it grips you with a subtle charm.

  • Annie Thanjan (10/7/2006 12:29:00 PM)

    Read a fantastic poem by Fleur Adcock: Knife-play.
    The first reading is interesting but by the time you have read it a few times it grips you with a subtle charm.

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