Poetry was highly popular in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Offering three Victorian manuscript poems, entitled “Home,” “The Prairie Flower” and the third being a memorial written about a man’s death. The three poems are written by different people. The one entitled “Home” carries the name of Abba Willard on the verso.
The school girl essay is about British poet Alfred Tennyson, 15 pp, 5 ¾ x 9, naive but thoughtful, by Mollie C. Smith, secured at the top with period silk ribbon.
In part: “This, my final essay in the Middletown High School, is dedicated to my sister, Fannie Helen Smith.” She quotes Tennyson’s poetry, critiques it, speaks of several of his life experiences, which she has obviously researched and provides her own commentary on his work.
Entitled, “The Poet Laureate,” Smith writes, in small part, “Not of the howling dervishes of song, Art thou Oh sweet historian of the heart, Therefore to thee the laurel leaves belong, To them our hearts and our allegiance, For thy allegiance to the poets art.”
In very good condition.
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