Elizabeth Daryush

Elizabeth Daryush (8 December 1887[1] – 7 April 1977[2]) was an English poet. She was the daughter of Robert Bridges; her maternal grandfather was Alfred Waterhouse. She married Ali Akbar Daryush, whom she had met when he was studying at the University of Oxford and spent some time in Persia; most of her life was spent in Boars Hill, outside Oxford. Some of her early work was published as Elizabeth Bridges.

Daughter of British poet laureate Robert Bridges, Elizabeth Daryush had a privileged upbringing in Victorian and Edwardian England. Although she followed her father's lead not only in choosing poetry as her life's work but also in the traditional style of poetry she chose to write, the themes of her work are often critical of the upper classes and the social injustice their privilege levied upon others. This characteristic was not present in her early work, including her first two books of poems, published under the name Elizabeth Bridges, which appeared while she was still in her twenties. According to John Finlay, writing in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Daryush's "early poetry is preoccupied with rather conventional subject matter and owes a great deal to the Edwardians."

Daryush took her father's experiment in syllabic verse a step farther by making it less experimental; whereas Bridges' syllable count excluded elidable syllables, producing some variation in the total number of pronounced syllables per line, Daryush's was strictly aural, counting all syllables actually sounded when the poem was read aloud. It is for her successful experiments with syllabic meter that Daryush is best known to contemporary readers.

Beyond its social content, Daryush's work is also recognized for a consistent and well-defined personal vision. As Finlay noted, "For her. . .poetry always dealt with the `stubborn fact' of life as it is, and the only consolations it offered were those of understanding and a kind of half-Christian, half-stoical acceptance of the inevitable." However, he also argued that Daryush's best poems transcend such fatalism, "dealing with the moral resources found in one's own being. . .and a recognition of the beauties in the immediate, ordinary world around us."


  • Sonnets from Hafez and other Verses (1921) as Elizabeth Bridges
  • Verses (1930) (OUP)
  • Verses, Fourth Book (1934)
  • Poems (1935) (Macmillan)
  • The Last Man and Other Verses (1936)
  • Selected Poems (1948) edited by Yvor Winters
  • Verses: Seventh Book (1971) Carcanet Press
  • Selected Poems (1972) Carcanet Press
  • Collected Poems (1976) Carcanet Press


  1. ^ Catherine Phillips: Robert Bridges: a biography. Oxford: OUP, 1992. p 141.
  2. ^ Orlando Project

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