Kathleen Raine: Poems Background

Kathleen Raine: Poems Background

Kathleen Raine was a British poet and scholar and a founding member of the Temenos Academy. She was interested in different types of spirituality such as Platonism and Neoplatonism as well as her scholarly writing on other poets.

She wrote a large number of poetry collections from 1943 to just three years before her death in 2000. Her family was very scholarly and immersed in the arts, so Raine had been writing poetry from a young age, and her poetry was influenced by this scholarly upbringing she received. A lot of her poetry approaches the "sacred" through art, reflecting on various theology. Raine also drew from her life in her poetry, featuring artist friends, children, and her own mother as characters in some of her works.

Raine received multiple honorary doctorates from Universities in the UK, USA, and France. She also won the Edna St. Vincent Millay Prize from the American Poetry Society as well as the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1992.

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