The first woman to be awarded the Queen's gold medal for poetry. "A mistress of form" -- Choice. Ruth Pitter (1897-1992) was one of the best-loved poets of her generation, widely admired for the variety, elegance, and technical brilliance of her poetry, and for its generous touches of humor. Praised by Yeats and C. S. Lewis, she was also highly respected and read by a younger generation of writers, among them Thom Gunn and Elizabeth Jennings. When Ruth Pitter died in 1992, The Times wrote that she was "one of the truest and most dedicated poets of her time".
'Ruth Pitter is the most modest of poets, slipping us her riches as if they were everyday currency.' Thom Gunn'Ruth Pitter is clearly a major poet, and speaking to our time and all times.' Robin Skelton