Celebrating a Poet, A Self-Taught Artist, An Educator and A Lover of Nature

Three Titles Written by Lydia Louise Ann Very

Left to Right: An Old Fashioned Garden, And Walks and Musings Therin (1900); Sayings and Doings Among Insects and Flowers (1898); and A Strange Disclosure, A Tale of New England Life (1898)

March is National Women’s History Month, which celebrates the many different roles played by women throughout history, many of whom pushed beyond the stereotypes of their time.  April is National Poetry Month, during which the role of poetry in our lives is celebrated.  This blog post about Lydia Louise Ann Very (1823-1901), a talented, self-taught artist, educator, and poet, spans both of these celebrations.

Lydia L. A. Very

Image of Lydia Louise A. Very, printed on Frontispiece in An Old-Fashioned Garden, And Walks and Musings Therin (1900)

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Celebrating National Poetry Month

Story Poems - CountryLife, HannahJane, The Hanging of the Crane

Those of you who follow @PEMLibrary on Twitter know that I have been highlighting poetry from our collections in honor of National Poetry Month.  While writing those tweets I reminisced about the many times I read poetry to my infant daughter; the rhythm of the poems relaxed us during those long nights of teething and to this day, poetry is included in our reading choices.  So, it was enjoyable for me to peruse the collection and find items of interest.  The more I looked for examples for the tweets, the more I realized a blog would also be appropriate to further represent our poetry collection. Read more