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World of Songs

Selected Poems, 1894-1921

L. M. Montgomery, Benjamin Lefebvre (Editor)


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Although L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942) is celebrated as a novelist, made famous by her novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, it is less known that she also published hundreds of poems over a period of half a century. Although this output included a chapbook and a full-length collection in which she presented herself primarily as a nature poet, most of her poems appeared in periodicals, including women's magazines, farm papers, faith-based periodicals, daily and weekly newspapers, and magazines for children. As a shrewd businesswoman, she learned to find the balance between literary quality and commercial saleability, even though poetry paid far less than short fiction.

A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894-1921, the second volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library, gathers a selection of fifty poems originally published across a twenty-five-year period. Leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre organizes this work within the context of Montgomery's life and career, claiming Montgomery not only as a nature poet but also as the author of a wider range of "songs" of place, of memory, of lamentation, of war, of land and sea, of death, and of love. Many of these poems echo motifs that readers of Montgomery's novels will recognize, and many more explore surprising perspectives through the use of male speakers. These poems present today's readers with a new facet of the career of Canada's most enduringly popular author.

University of Toronto Press, 9781487523695, 160pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 2018