Lizette Woodworth Reese
Born in the Waverly section of Baltimore, Maryland, she was a school teacher from 1873 to 1918 at the Western High School in Baltimore. During the 1920s, she became a prominent literary figure, receiving critical praise and recognition, in particular from H. L. Mencken, himself from Baltimore.
Her poetry, remarkable for its intensity and concision, has been compared to that of Emily Dickinson. She is probably best remembered for the sonnet "Tears." Her volumes of poetry include A Branch of May (1887), A Handful of Lavender (1891), A Quiet Road (1896), Spicewood (1920), and Selected Poems (1926). more »
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- Love Came Back At Fall O’ Dew
- A Rhyme of Death's Inn
- Oh, Gray And Tender Is The Rain
- A Christmas Folk-Song
- That Day You Came
- In Time Of Grief
- The Good Joan
- A Haunting Memory
- A Little Song Of Life
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''The little Jesus came to town;Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935), U.S. poet. A Christmas Folk-Song (l. 13-16). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine ...
With ox and sheep He laid Him down;
Peace to the byre, peace to the fold,
For that they housed Him from the cold!''
''Loose me from tears, and make me see arightLizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935), U.S. poet. Tears (l. 12-14). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.
How each hath back what once he stayed to weep;
Homer his sight, David his little lad!''
''I wonder at the idleness of tears.''Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935), U.S. poet. Tears (l. 8). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.
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