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Title:
Major voices : 19th century American women's poetry
Author:
Weiss, Shira Wolosky, 1954-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New Milford, Conn. ; London : Toby Press, [2003]

©2003
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xx, 567 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781592640416

9781592640409
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There are a number of anthologies of nineteenth-century American women poets in print, but these tend to offer a very small sample of poems from a very large number of writers, often based around a specific topical concern. Major Voices, this Toby anthology, compiled and edited by Shira Wolosky, will instead present a substantial number of texts by a select group of poets--focusing in depth on the major voices of that time. This anthology will thus allow the reader the opportunity to engage more deeply with the poetry; to see the range within each poet's writings, and the relation among the poets. An introductory essay will identify central concerns, historical backgrounds, evolving patterns and poetic issues, as marked through the course of the century. The work of these poets provides a gripping view of the creativity of nineteenth-century American women that has been until recently almost entirely lost to literary history. Supremely relevant to today's readers, this is poetry that began the efforts at the redefinition of self, of America, and of womanhood that continues to touch the lives and thoughts of so many today.


Table of Contents

Alice CaryPhoebe Cary
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Women's Voicesp. 1
Bibliographical Commentsp. 17
Introductionp. 27
Poemsp. 37
To a Shred of Linenp. 37
Indian Namesp. 39
A Namep. 41
The Sutteep. 41
On the Admission of Michigan into the Unionp. 43
The Ark and Dovep. 45
Imitation of Parts of the Prophet Amosp. 46
Abraham at Macpelahp. 51
Pilgrim Fathersp. 52
The Fathers of New Englandp. 53
The Western Emigrantp. 55
The Volunteerp. 58
The Mother of Washingtonp. 59
Our Aboriginesp. 61
Funeral of Mazeenp. 62
Indian Girl's Burialp. 64
The African Mother at her Daughter's Gravep. 66
To An Absent Daughterp. 68
Forgotten Flowers to a Bridep. 69
The Bridep. 70
Death of an Infantp. 71
On The Death of a Sister While Absent at Schoolp. 72
School of Young Ladiesp. 73
Benevolencep. 74
A Cottage Scenep. 75
Statue of the Spinning Girlp. 76
Poetryp. 77
Farewell of the Soul to the Bodyp. 78
The Sacred Poetp. 80
The Musep. 81
The Needle, Pen, and Swordp. 83
Introductionp. 89
Poemsp. 97
Prudencep. 97
Getting Alongp. 98
"They Said"p. 100
A Loyal Woman's Nop. 100
Hannah Binding Shoesp. 103
Her Choicep. 104
The Loaf-Giver: From An Idyll of Workp. 106
The Light-Housesp. 111
Goody Grunsell's Housep. 112
A Gambrel Roofp. 115
The Schoolmistressp. 120
A Call To Kansasp. 122
Elsie in Illinoisp. 123
Blue-Eyed Gracep. 126
The Nineteenth of April (1861)p. 128
The Sinking of the Merrimack (May, 1862)p. 129
Waiting for News (July 4, 1863)p. 130
Re-enlisted (May, 1864)p. 133
Tolling (April 15, 1865)p. 135
The Flag (June 17, 1865)p. 136
The Secretp. 137
My Angel-Dressp. 138
Canticle De Profundisp. 139
The Weeping Prophetp. 141
The Rose Enthronedp. 142
Heaven's Needp. 145
My Name-Auntp. 146
Unweddedp. 148
Weavingp. 151
Introductionp. 157
Poemsp. 163
Bury Me in a Free Landp. 163
Bible Defence of Slaveryp. 164
Vashtip. 165
Dedication Poemp. 168
Rizpah, the Daughter of Aip. 170
Ruth and Naomip. 171
Burial of Sarahp. 173
Retributionp. 175
Simon's Feastp. 176
The Slave Auctionp. 177
The Slave Motherp. 178
Eliza Harrisp. 180
The Fugitive's Wifep. 181
The Slave Mother, A Tale of the Ohiop. 182
Ethiopiap. 185
Free Laborp. 186
The Freedom Bellp. 187
The Changep. 188
Fifteenth Amendmentp. 189
An Appeal to the American Peoplep. 190
An Appeal to my Country Womenp. 191
A Double Standardp. 193
The Contrastp. 195
The Revelp. 197
Going Eastp. 198
The Present Agep. 200
God Bless Our Native Landp. 203
The Artistp. 203
Songs for the Peoplep. 204
Aunt Chloep. 205
Church Buildingp. 208
Aunt Chloe's Politicsp. 209
Learning to Readp. 209
Deliverancep. 211
Introductionp. 217
Poemsp. 225
Growing Richp. 225
The Washerwomanp. 226
The West Countryp. 229
The Emigrantsp. 230
Written on the Fourth of July, 1864p. 231
The Past and Presentp. 232
Revolutionary Storyp. 233
Abraham Lincolnp. 235
The Dawn of Peacep. 236
The Spectre Womanp. 238
The Women at the Sepulchrep. 239
The Poorp. 239
A Dying Hymnp. 240
Contradictoryp. 241
My Poetp. 242
Secret Writingp. 244
Who is the Richerp. 244
The Old Homesteadp. 245
Make Believep. 247
The Bridal Veilp. 248
The Unwise Choicep. 249
Famep. 250
Womenp. 250
Contradictionp. 251
Poemsp. 253
The Loversp. 253
Samuel Brownp. 254
The Day is Donep. 256
Jacobp. 257
A Psalm of Life: What the Heart of the Young Woman Said to the Old Maidp. 258
When Lovely Womanp. 259
Shakesperian Readingsp. 260
Moral Lessonsp. 260
The Wifep. 260
The Annoyersp. 261
John Thompson's Daughterp. 262
Kate Ketchemp. 264
Dorothy's Dower: In Three Partsp. 267
Granny's Housep. 268
I Remember, I Rememberp. 272
The Changep. 273
Coming Roundp. 274
Worser Momentsp. 275
Helplessp. 277
My Ladyp. 278
Equalityp. 279
Happy Womenp. 280
To Miss Susan Anthony, on her Fiftieth Birthdayp. 281
Advice Gratis to Certain Women by a Womanp. 282
Was He Henpecked?p. 283
Man Believes the Strongp. 287
Moralizingsp. 288
The Outcastp. 290
Nobody's Childp. 291
The Brothersp. 292
John Brownp. 293
Our Good Presidentp. 294
A Tent Scenep. 296
Peacep. 296
Nearer Homep. 297
Burial Hymnp. 298
The Spiritual Bodyp. 299
Sabbath Thoughtsp. 301
The City Lifep. 302
Homes for Allp. 303
Do You Blame Her?p. 304
A Woman's Conclusionsp. 306
Introductionp. 311
Poemsp. 319
Battle-Hymn of the Republicp. 319
Our Ordersp. 320
The New Exodusp. 321
The Questionp. 322
The First Martyrp. 323
April 19p. 325
Requitalp. 326
The Battle-Eucharistp. 327
Left Behindp. 327
Harvard Student's Songp. 328
"Save the Old South!"p. 329
Outside the Partyp. 330
The Soul-Hunterp. 331
At a Cornerp. 333
The Fine Ladyp. 333
The Black Coachp. 335
Contrastsp. 336
Amanda's Inventoryp. 337
Lyke-Wakep. 338
Bargainsp. 338
The Charitable Visitorp. 339
A Thought for Washing Dayp. 340
Of Womanp. 341
Womanp. 343
The Rough Sketch: Samuel Gridley Howep. 344
To My Masterp. 345
The Royal Guestp. 345
The Tea-Partyp. 346
A Visit to C. H.p. 347
Sybilp. 349
Mother Mindp. 350
An Apology: For a Warm Word Spokenp. 351
Introductionp. 355
Poemsp. 363
Success is counted sweetestp. 363
My Life had stood--a Loaded Gun--p. 363
It feels a shame to be Alive--p. 364
My Triumph lasted till the Drumsp. 365
Victory comes late--p. 365
It always felt to me--a wrongp. 366
I took my Power in my Hand--p. 367
Four Trees--upon a solitary Acre--p. 367
I saw no Way--The Heavens were stitched--p. 368
Title divine, is minep. 368
I'm "wife"--I've finished that--p. 368
A solemn thing--it was--I said--p. 369
I meant to have but modest needs--p. 369
Severer Service of myselfp. 370
He fumbles at your Soulp. 371
I would not paint--a picture--p. 372
This was a Poet--p. 373
The Soul selects her own Society--p. 373
Renunciation--is a piercing Virtue--p. 374
After great pain, a formal feeling comes--p. 374
The Spirit lasts--but in what mode--p. 375
I am afraid to own a Body--p. 375
Ended, ere it begun--p. 376
Prayer is the little implementp. 376
The Martyr Poets--did not tell--p. 376
I'm Nobody! Who are you?p. 377
Introductionp. 381
Poemsp. 387
Two Truthsp. 387
A Woman's Battlep. 387
Found Frozenp. 388
In Time of Faminep. 389
Memoir of a Queenp. 389
Her Eyesp. 390
A Rose Leafp. 390
The Loneliness of Sorrowp. 391
Renunciationp. 391
To an Unknown Ladyp. 392
The Prince is Deadp. 394
Mazzinip. 395
The Money-Seekersp. 395
No Man's Landp. 395
Poppies on the Wheatp. 396
Oenonep. 397
Mordecaip. 398
Estherp. 398
Vashtip. 399
Tribute: R.W.E.p. 399
Charlotte Cushmanp. 400
Refrainp. 401
The Poet's Forgep. 402
My Daysp. 403
Freedomp. 404
Opportunityp. 404
Introductionp. 409
Poemsp. 417
Linksp. 417
Echoesp. 417
Assurancep. 418
Acceptance: Epochs VIIp. 418
Aspiration: Phantasies II (After Robert Schumann)p. 419
Critic and Poet: An Apologuep. 420
Life and Artp. 421
To R.W.E.p. 421
Progress and Povertyp. 422
In the Jewish Synagogue at Newportp. 422
The Crowing of the Red Cockp. 424
The Banner of the Jewp. 425
The Valley of Baca: Psalm LXXXIVp. 426
The Guardian of the Red Diskp. 428
The World's Justicep. 429
The Feast of Lightsp. 431
Bar Kochbap. 432
Donna Clara [Translation from Heine]p. 433
Translations from Hebrew Poets of Medieval Spainp. 436
Admonition [Yehuda Halevi]p. 436
Longing for Jerusalem [Yehuda Halevi]p. 436
On the Voyage to Jerusalem [Yehuda Halevi]p. 437
A Degenerate Age [Solomon Ben Yehuda Gabirol]p. 438
Solomon Ben Judah Gabirol [Moses Ben Esra]p. 438
Consolation [Al-Harizi]p. 439
By the Waters of Babylon: Prose Poemsp. 439
The Birth of Man: A Legend of the Talmudp. 441
The Supreme Sacrificep. 443
Giftsp. 443
In Exilep. 445
The New-Year: Rosh-Hashanah, 5643p. 446
The Choicep. 448
The Venus of the Louvrep. 449
The New Ezekielp. 449
1492p. 450
The New Colossusp. 450
Introductionp. 455
Poemsp. 461
To Menp. 461
Womanp. 463
A Man's Idealp. 463
Womanhoodp. 464
Sisters of Minep. 465
The Answerp. 465
The Womenp. 466
A Holidayp. 467
Successful Manp. 469
The Captivep. 470
Two Sinnersp. 470
Two Womenp. 472
Two Voicesp. 472
An Unfaithful Wife to Her Husbandp. 473
Delilahp. 476
The Revolt of Vashtip. 477
The Creedp. 480
The Timesp. 480
Attainmentp. 481
The Age of Motored Thingsp. 481
The Hymn of the Republicp. 482
Protestp. 484
The Protestp. 485
Woman and Warp. 485
War Mothersp. 487
Settle the Question Rightp. 489
What We Wantp. 490
Friendship After Lovep. 491
The Younger Bornp. 492
The Old Stage Queenp. 494
Music in the Flatp. 495
The Coming Manp. 496
The Poet's Themep. 498
Perfectnessp. 499
The Soul's Farewell to the Bodyp. 500
Misalliancep. 501
The Costp. 502
Individualityp. 503
Inspirationp. 505
The Tigerp. 506
Introductionp. 509
Poemsp. 515
Homes: A Sestinap. 515
An Old Proverbp. 516
She Walketh Veiled and Sleepingp. 517
To the Young Wifep. 518
An Answerp. 519
Six Hours a Dayp. 520
The Departing Housemaidp. 521
Women Do Not Want Itp. 522
The Modest Maidp. 523
Women of To-Dayp. 525
The Anti-Suffragistsp. 526
Two Callingsp. 528
To Mothersp. 531
The Housewifep. 533
Ode to the Cookp. 534
Wedded Blissp. 535
Unsexedp. 536
Femalesp. 538
More Females of the Species (After Kipling)p. 539
This is a Lady's Hat (a Trio of Triolets)p. 540
The Cripplep. 541
A Protestp. 542
Exilesp. 544
Where Women Meetp. 544
One Girl of Manyp. 545
Unmentionablep. 547
A Social Puzzlep. 548
The Holy Stovep. 549
Christian Virtuesp. 550
Another Creedp. 553
To Manp. 554
To the Preacherp. 555
The Real Religionp. 556
Body of Minep. 558
Nationalismp. 559
Matriatismp. 559
The Artistp. 560
Lecture Verse [No. 1]p. 561
About the Editorp. 563
Further Readingp. 565