Lizette Woodworth Reese


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Baltimore poet and schoolteacher, whose poetry is distinguished for its concision, intense emotion, and simple personal interpretation of pastoral subjects. The direct and rather crisp quality of the lyrics in her early books, A Branch of May (1887), A Handful of Lavender (1891), and A Quiet Road (1896), marks a great advance over the Victorian sentimental treatment of nature, and she maintained her high standards in later collections: A Wayside Lute (1909), containing her best-known poem, “Tears,” in which she prays for clear vision with which to “see aright How each hath back what once he stayed to weep.”

Subjects: Literature.

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