Miriam Waddington L. R. Ricou - Essay

L. R. Ricou

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

When Miriam Waddington writes of the exhaustion of language, that inevitable subject for poets, she speaks first of the lost language of nature…. But for Waddington the sense of a lost language is only momentary. She turns again and again to writing of the ineffable wind, and of whatever grows, in a language "light / and quick" through which she makes it possible, in the words of another poem, for "trees [to] yield up their wordless therapy."

Waddington declared this direction for her poetry in her first book, Green World (1945). Its title poem, later called "Green world one," is a good place to begin because it focusses on a subject—the green world—which defines Waddington's outlook,...

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