Eleanor Farjeon



Eleanor Farjeon was an endearing, eccentric, gifted writer. She wrote about her own childhood; she wrote about the poet Edward Thomas, whom she loved; and she wrote countless plays, poems and stories, many of which achieved international recognition. But of Eleanor Farjeon the woman, little is known.

Her background was extraordinarily lively, for she grew up in the family of a best-selling popular novelist, and was from the start surrounded by the world of literature and the theatre, people with larger than life figures as the legendary American actor Joseph Jefferson, Ellen Terry, Henry Irving. Eleanor wrote the hymn Morning has Broken, later recorded by the singer Cat Stevens.

Sample Poem

            A Kitten

He's nothing much but fur
And two round eyes of blue,
He has a giant purr
And a midget mew.

He darts and pats the air,
He starts and cocks his ear,
When there is nothing there
For him to see and hear.

He runs around in rings,
But why we cannot tell;
With sideways leaps he springs
At things invisible -

Then half-way through a leap
His startled eyeballs close,
And he drops off to sleep With one paw on his nose.

Eleanor Farjeon