Though born in London, Kathleen Raine was Scottish on her mother’s side and the landscape of the Highlands, as that of her childhood spent in Northumbria, find a place in her poetry, which largely explores the relationship between man and nature, and man and the sacred. She was a scholar and critic, the founder of Temenos Review and the Temenos Academy, and author of numerous books of poetry; the Collected Poems was published by Golgonooza Press in 2000.
During the 1950’s, she lived for a period in the Highlands with Gavin Maxwell, but their relationship deteriorated when she accidently lost his otter. The title of Maxwell’s book, Ring of Bright Water, is taken from one of Raine’s poems.
Kathleen Raine received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1992, and both the CBE and the Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2000. She died in 2003, shortly after being hit by a car.