Frances Cornford

(1886—1960) poet

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poet, mother of John Cornford. She is best known for her triolet ‘To a Fat Lady Seen from a Train’, with its curiously memorable though undistinguished lines ‘O why do you walk through the fields in gloves, | Missing so much and so much? | O fat white woman whom nobody loves’. Her Collected Poems appeared in 1954.

Subjects: Literature.

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