Jane Kenyon

Scope and Content

Consists of letters and proofs relating to the published poetry works of Jane Kenyon.

Administrative / Biographical History

The work of America’s Jane Kenyon (1947-95) is one of poetry’s rarest and most heart-breaking gifts. After fighting depression for most of her life, Jane Kenyon died from leukaemia at the age of 47. Her quietly musical poems are intensely moving, compassionate meditations intently probing the life of the heart and spirit. Observing and absorbing small miracles in everyday life, these apparently simple poems grapple with fundamental questions of human existence. They are psalms of love and death, God and nature, joy and despair.