Poet: Victoria Mary Sackville-West (Vita)
Dates: 9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962
Title of Poem: Mariana In The North
All her youth is gone, her beautiful youth outworn,
Daughter of tarn and tor, the moors that were once her home
No longer know her step on the upland tracks forlorn
Where she was wont to roam.
All her hounds are dead, her beautiful hounds are dead,
That paced beside the hoofs of her high and nimble horse,
Or streaked in lean pursuit of the tawny hare that fled
Out of the yellow gorse.
All her lovers have passed, her beautiful lovers have passed,
The young and eager men that fought for her arrogant hand,
And the only voice which endures to mourn for her at the last
Is the voice of the lonely land.
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.