Elizabeth Jennings

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Elizabeth Jennings (20 July 1926 – 25 October 2001) was an English poet who in her own words: "wrote very fast and revised very little" and this seems to be a philosophy that she applied directly to all her poems. Elizabeth was born in Lincolnshire but many of her contemporaries were kind enough to overlook this, and in truth she never let it effect her throughout her life or career, though friends did hint at a deep-seated social stigma that she rarely showed the world.


Her first work was imaginatively named ‘Poems’ and her last, ‘Collected Poems’. Jennings was a member of the ‘movement’, a term used to describe an esoteric cult, which pledged to hang around in dank coffee houses writing depressing poetry. Despite knowing Kingsley Amis she managed to avoid picking up any venereal diseases popular amongst her fellow poets.


She is known for her simplistic style of writing which is apparent in all of her works, such as in the titles ‘In a Garden’ and ‘Friday’. The former poem traces her decline in mental health, and would be a major influence on the work of later poets including a number of the leading lights such as Pam Ayres.

In the Garden

When the gardner has gon the gardener looks empty

Personal Life[edit]

Elizabeth jennings grew up in Yorkshere and was the youngest of 6 she wrote poems at the age of 12 and continuted up to 43, she wrote many famous poems for london and people.

Haagen Dazs[edit]

Elizabeth Jennings was an avid supporter of the ice-cream retailer ‘Haagen Daaz’. She often used it as a therapeutic medicine to guide her through her writing. Jennings has allegedly produced her best work under the influence of visions enduced by her favourite flavour, New York Super Fudge Chunk.

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