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Poetry Friday: An American Girl by Brander Matthews

August 22nd, 2014 (06:00 am)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Princess by Matt Nathanson

She does not care for meditation;
Within her bonnet are no bees;
She has a gentle animation,
She joins in singing simple glees.

- from the poem An American Girl by Brander Matthews

Read the poem in its entirety.

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Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
The poem & the poet

Hi! I read about Brander Matthews on the net, have not heard of him, and wondered about the poem you shared-interesting attack on privileged young woman it seems. He was wealthy, had Theodore Roosevelt as a friend, very conservative and was a drama prof. The article said he kept the same old lit in his courses decade after decade, & would allow no woman writers' work. Enough said. You've shared a really interesting poem. I wonder if it would be fun to use his style in order to create one's own "American Girl"? Thanks!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: The poem & the poet

Interesting. I don't know anything about his works or teaching; the first I heard of him was earlier this week, when I found that poem and that stanza stood out to me.

Posted by: Irene Latham (Irene_Latham)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: The poem & the poet

Ooh, I like Linda's idea of writing our own American Girl poem! (I actually wrote a poem "All American Boys" that appears in my first book of poems... my youth is showing.... would be a completely different poem at this age and stage of life! Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: The poem & the poet

Definitely share the poems if you write them, ladies!

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
Bees

At first I was going to say that I hoped I, too, am the kind of person without bees in my bonnet. But on second thought, how would the world change for the better if we were all bee-less. So now I say, Bring them! Keep me buzzing!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Bees

Have a buzzy weekend!

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