A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921

By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre

© 2019

Celebrated as a novelist and made famous by her novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is far less known for also writing and publishing 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 and continued to publish poetry even though it paid 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. Benjamin Lefebvre organizes this work within the context of Montgomery’s life and career, claiming her 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 offer today’s readers a new facet of the career of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.

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  • Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.4in x 8.5in
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This book collects a sample of fifty poems by L.M. Montgomery originally published in periodicals across a quarter of a century. It discusses this work in the context of early Canadian poetry and North American periodical culture of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921

By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre

© 2019

Celebrated as a novelist and made famous by her novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is far less known for also writing and publishing 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 and continued to publish poetry even though it paid 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. Benjamin Lefebvre organizes this work within the context of Montgomery’s life and career, claiming her 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 offer today’s readers a new facet of the career of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.4in x 8.5in
  • Reviews

    "The collection of fifty poems published over a twenty-five-year period, beginning in 1894 with the first, is not only the second volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library but a step in a major reconsideration of her poetry."


    Anne Burke
    Prairie Journal

    "The two greatest strengths of A World of Songs are its author and its editor, the first a major Canadian writer whose books have sold millions of copies – a fact that has not disqualified her from being the subject of serious academic scholarship – the other a world-renowned Montgomery scholar with, to judge by his publications, an encyclopedic knowledge of her work."


    Andre Narbonne, Department of English, University of Windsor

    "L.M. Montgomery’s verse has considerably more merit than that of many popular versifiers and yet has been unduly neglected, even by Montgomery scholars. A World of Songs expands the current limited horizon of Montgomery’s verse and possesses biographical/historical interest, including insights into publishing verse in the late Romantic period."


    Kevin McCabe, co-editor of The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery

    "L.M. Montgomery is a major writer of personal and general significance to many readers, and her work is of wide interest. The poems selected for this volume complement her better-known novels and short stories. Reading them will reward readers with insights and unanticipated pleasures."


    Jane Ledwell, PEI poet, co-editor of L.M. Montgomery and War
  • Author Information

    Benjamin Lefebvre, editor of The L.M. Montgomery Library, is director of L.M. Montgomery Online. His publications include an edition of Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, and the three-volume critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader, which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature from the Association of American Publishers. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    A Note on the Author
    Abbreviations
    Preface

    Overture
    The Gable Window

    Prelude
    The Poet’s Thought

    Songs of Place
    In Lovers’ Lane
    The Fir Lane
    In an Old Garden
    The Old Home Calls
    The Exile
    The Summons

    Songs of Memory
    Three Days
    Companioned
    Do You Remember?
    Memory Pictures

    Interlude
    The Singer

    Songs of Lamentation
    Irrevocable
    I Would Be Well
    Night Watches
    If I Had Known
    The Book
    Longing
    The Mother

    Songs of War
    The Last Prayer
    The Three Songs
    We Who Wait
    Our Women

    Interlude
    One of the Shepherds

    Songs of Land and Sea
    When the Fishing Boats Go Out
    When the Fishing Boats Come In
    Rain in the Woods
    My Pictures
    The Wind in the Poplars
    The Sea-Shell
    Before Storm
    A Shore Picture
    The Sea to the Shore

    Songs of Death
    Too Late
    I Have Buried My Dead
    Omega
    An Old Man’s Grave
    The Treasures

    Songs of Love
    If Love Should Come
    Assurance
    The Gray Silk Gown
    On the Bridge
    Gratitude
    With Tears They Buried You To-day
    Forever
    To One Hated
    The Lover’s Catechism

    Postlude
    The Poet

    Coda
    What I Would Ask of Life

    Afterword
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index by Title
    Index by Date
    Index by First Line