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Vita Sackville-West is known as much for her creation of the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle as for her numerous novels, poems and gardening articles. Written in 1926, The Land is a nostalgic celebration of the Kentish countryside through the seasons. It won the Hawthornden Prize and sold over 100,000 copies.
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Frances Lincoln (first published 1926)
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Joseph
Jun 11, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
“The Land” is a lengthy, lyrical poem covering the Kent countryside over a period of a year. The poem begins in winter, and even in winter, there are signs of life and a new beginning. Spring begins the greening of the land. The farmer on the hill has fields that require little labor. In the valley, the farmers work rotating crops, working around the weather, and working around the rain or lack of it. They take a pride in their work and hardships and toil to make the land pay off. They look with ...more
Suzanne Stroh
Mar 29, 2013 Suzanne Stroh rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-shelf, poetry
Lyrical poetry about English country life that I return to every year. Set during one calendar year in Kent. So readable, even to children. So grounded and resonant and passionate in its love of the landscape and its cycles of husbandry. So delicious.

These poems were dated when they were published. And so in spite of the publication date, readers expecting Modern flavors will get none of those here. The poet took Virgil (The Georgics) for her inspiration. She looked out her window and beneath he
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Ellen
May 21, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of poetry, people who love the land around them.
An amazing very long poem - a rapture dedicated to the land closest to Sackville-West's heart. Tough going at times, but an excellent poem. Won several awards when it was released.
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Vita Sackville-West was a prolific author, poet and memoirist in early 20th-Century Britain who is known not only for her writing, but for her not-so-private, private life. While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of scandalous amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant Virginia Woolf. They had an open marriage. Both Sackville-West and her husband had sa ...more
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“She walks in the loveliness she made,
Between the apple-blossom and the water--
She walks among the patterned pied brocade,
Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.”
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