Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) lived most of her life in Oxford. She studied there and later worked as a librarian before becoming a full-time writer. She became famous for her poetry, and her style is characterized by a certain simplicity of metre and rhyme. Many of her poems deal with themes of family, friendship, loneliness and religious experience. She was awarded several prizes. The poem “Warning to Parents” was first published in her collection of poems called “Recoveries” (1964).