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This article is about the English poet. See Elizabeth Jennings Graham for the American civil rights figure of the same name.

Elizabeth Jennings (July 20, 1926 – October 25, 2001) was an English poet, noted for her clarity of style and simplicity of literary approach. Her Roman Catholicism coloured much of her work.

Jennings was born in Lincolnshiremarker, but her family moved to Oxfordmarker when she was six. There she later attended St Anne's Collegemarker. After graduation, she became a librarian.

She is not generally regarded as an innovator. Her work displays a simplicity of metre and rhyme shared with Philip Larkinmarker, Kingsley Amis and Thom Gunn, all members of the group of English poets known as The Movement. She always made it clear that, whilst her life, which included a spell of severe mental illness, contributed to the themes contained within her work, she did not write explicitly autobiographical poetry.

She is buried in Wolvercote Cemeterymarker, Oxford.


Her works include An Anthology of Modern Verse 1940–1960 (1961), and a revised and updated collection, Collected Poems 1953–1985, (1986) that won the 1987 WH Smith Literary Award.

  • Poems (1953)
  • A Way of Looking (1955)
  • A Sense of the World (1958)
  • Song For a Birth or a Death (1961)
  • Recoveries (1964)
  • The Mind has Mountains (1966)
  • Collected Poems 1967 (1967)
  • The Animals' Arrival (1969)
  • Lucidities (1970)
  • Relationships (1972)
  • Growing Points (1975)
  • Consequently I Rejoice (1977)
  • After the Ark (1978)
  • Moments of Grace (1980)
  • Celebrations and Elegies (1912)
  • Extending the Territory (1985)
  • Collected Poems (1953-1985) (1986)


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