A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921

By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre

© 2019

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.

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  • Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 1.0in 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

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.

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 1.0in x 8.5in
  • 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
    Prelude
    Songs of Place
    Songs of Memory
    Interlude
    Songs of Lamentation
    Songs of War
    Interlude
    Songs of Land and Sea
    Songs of Death
    Songs of Love
    Postlude
    Coda
    Afterword

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