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Victoria Mary Sackville-West (Vita)

Victoria Mary Sackville-West (Vita)


Poet: Victoria Mary Sackville-West (Vita)

Dates: 9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: Full Moon

She was wearing the coral taffeta trousers
Someone had brought her from Ispahan,
And the little gold coat with pomegranate blossoms,
And the coral-hafted feather fan;
But she ran down a Kentish lane in the moonlight,
And skipped in the pool of the moon as she ran.

She cared not a rap for all the big planets,
For Betelgeuse or Aldebaran,
And all the big planets cared nothing for her,
That small impertinent charlatan;
But she climbed on a Kentish stile in the moonlight,
And laughed at the sky through the sticks of her fan.


Brief Biography: Vita was an author and poet. She was also well-known for her exuberant lifestyle, a passionate affair with Virginia Woolf and Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Vita married Harold Nicholson in 1913. The marriage was an open one and both Vita and Harold were involved in same-sex relationships.