Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

Comments about Stevie Smith

  • Chuck Taylor (7/9/2018 3:14:00 PM)

    Stevie Smith is one of the most overrated poets I know.

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  • David Taylor Taylor (6/22/2017 4:42:00 PM)

    Teach this poem in high school. Perfect to answer the poetry unit for exams. There is so much to this poem and a theme that touches at some point in their lives.

  • Disa Miller (3/5/2006 8:53:00 PM)

    My favorite poem by Stevie Smith (Florence Smith) is 'Nor we of her to him.' I love the brother Grimm touches she put into her poems, it gives it a new flavor. in a way she's was like the Emeril of poetry. she added a little Bam! :)

  • Darrell Rosenbluth (2/8/2006 5:13:00 PM)

    There's only one poem of Stevie Smith's that I truly love and that's NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING. A wonderful movie about her life was made in the 1970's with Glenda Jackson and Mona Washbourne - great cast and great movie and good for the whole family and S. Smith was a real character - the movie captures an unusual blend of childishness, adult, dreamer, realist, tragic - curious combination. It's on video I know. It's called 'STEVIE'.

Happiness

Happiness is silent, or speaks equivocally for friends,
Grief is explicit and her song never ends,
Happiness is like England, and will not state a case,
Grief, like Guilt, rushes in and talks apace.

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