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Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

              1Elizabeth Barrett Browning
              2Sat gossiping with Robert.
              3(She was really a raving beauty in her day.
              4With Mary Pickford curls in clouds and whirls.)
              5She was trying to think of something nice to say,
              6So she pointed to a page by her fellow star and sage,
              7And said: "I wish that I could write that way!"


1] Victorian poet, married to Robert Browning.

4] Mary Pickford: Toronto-born stage and screen actress, "America's sweetheart," whose second husband was the swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Vachel Lindsay, Going-to-the-sun (New York: D. Appleton, 1923): 78. PS 3523 I58G45 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1923
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Rhyme: abcdcec

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