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Selected Poetry of Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919)

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
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. An After-Poem
  2. The Black Princess
  3. The Christening
  4. The Coming of Eve
  5. Engaged Too Long
  6. The House below the Hill
  7. A New Thanksgiving
  8. Out of Tune
  9. The Palace-Burner
  10. The Sorrows of Charlotte
  11. Transfigured
  12. We Two
  13. "We Women"
  14. Why Should We Care?
  15. The Witch in the Glass
  16. A Woman's Last Word

Notes on Life and Works

On August 11, 1836, Sarah Morgan Bryan was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of Southern gentry. After her mother's death in 1844, she lived with different family members before entering Henry Female College in a four-year general degree program in 1855. She married a young poet, John James Piatt, on June 18, 1861, and followed him to Washington and eventually over to Ireland in his lifelong career in the US civil service. They had seven children. Sarah began publishing poems in 1854. They appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Scribner's, and many other journals, and she brought out more than sixteen volumes of verse. Sarah knew most contemporary American and Irish poets, including Longfellow, Whitman, and W. B. Yeats. She died in Caldwell, New Jersey, in 1919, two years after the death of her husband.

Biographical information

Given name: Sarah Morgan Bryan
Family name: Piatt
Birth date: 11 August 1836
Death date: 22 December 1919
Nationality: American
Family relations
          husband: John James Piatt (from 18 June 1861)
Education: Henry Female College, New Castle, Kentucky
          Caldwell, New Jersey to 1919
          New Castle, Kentucky
          North Bend, Ohio
          Lexington, Kentucky: 1836
          Washington, D.C.: 1861 to 1867
          Ireland: 1882 to 1894
First RPO edition: 2004