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Selected Poetry of Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

What is thy thought of me?
What is thy feeling?
Lov'st thou the veil of sense,
Or its revealing?
        (Coquette et Froide)
  1. Battle Hymn of the Republic
  2. Coquette et Froide
  3. Mother Mind
  4. My Last Dance


Notes on Life and Works

Julia Ward was born in New York and married Samuel Gridley Howe in 1843. They had six children and co-edited the abolitionist organ The Commonwealth. Her penning of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and her extraordinary work on behalf of the state and women earned her many honors: she was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and President of the New England Woman Suffrage Association. Her activities and interests are well documented in her Reminiscences (1899) and in several biographies: Deborah Pickman Clifford's Mine Eyes have Seen the Glory (Boston: Little, Brown, 1979; PS 2018 C55 Robarts Library) and Mary H. Grant's Private Woman, Public Person: An Account of the Life of Julia Ward Howe from 1819 to 1868 (Brooklyn: Carlson, 1994; PS 2018 G73 1994 Robarts Library). She lived to 91 years and divided her residence between New York and Newport.

Biographical information

Given name: Julia Ward
Family name: Howe
Birth date: 1819
Death date: 1910