The Classical Tradition in Vita Sackville-West’s Solitude

  title={The Classical Tradition in Vita Sackville-West’s Solitude},
  author={Rebecca Nagel},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • R. Nagel
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • Art
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
In her long poem Solitude (1938) Vita Sackville-West explores the contrast between Nature and books and between Nature and the Christian God as she questions the purpose of life and suffering. While writing in solitude about solitude, the writer is connected to a vast community of other writers and readers. In this paper I show how Sackville-West uses classical allusions as a bridge between pagan Nature and Christian English literary history. From contemporary documents, especially her letters…