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Re: ferns in literature

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] ferns in literature
  • From: Mr A R Busby seaab@CSV.WARWICK.AC.UK
  • Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 16:48:37 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)
  • In-reply-to:

Hi Catharine
Very Good, I did not know about this one.
Many thanks

Matt Busby

On Sat, 7 Sep 2002, Catharine Guiles wrote:

>      Mr. Busby,
>     As you are seeking something from modern literature, here is a poem
> entitled "Ferns," by Charlotte Wilder from her volume entitled "Mortal
> Sequence," (New York:  Coward-McCann, 1939).  Here is a bit of biographical
> information about her.
>  
> Charlotte Wilder (1898-1980)
>       Charlotte Wilder (1898-1980) was a poet who shared the Shelley
> Memorial Award for Poetry in 1937 with Ben Belitt.  This award is given by
> the Poetry Society of America.    She was a student at Mount Holyoke
> College, where she majored in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
> Later, she received an M.A. degree from Radcliffe, and went on to a teaching
> career at Wheaton College and Smith College. In 1934, she moved to New York
> to devote all her time to writing.
>     I am also trying to run down a poem by Emily Bronte that may be relevant
> to your interests.
>     Catharine Guiles
> 
>              Ferns
> 
> "They straightendoggedto their height,
>      Undoubling from a wound
> No one gave them.  Long they grind
>     Foreheads on the ground,
> Dark endeared to them by dread,
>      Doubting they can bear
> Sun between their lids, and hands
>      A-flurry in the air."
> 
> 
> One answered, whispering from the elms:
>     "They straighten to their height,
> Unreluctant, born to be
>      Green resorts of light."
> 
> One sighed among the grasses:  "So
>      We bid them go."
> 
> 
> 
> > From: Mr A R Busby <seaab@CSV.WARWICK.AC.UK>
> > Reply-To: ferns@hort.net
> > Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 16:30:26 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)
> > To: ferns@hort.net
> > Subject: [ferns] ferns in literature
> > 
> > Hello Everyone
> > 
> > In connection with a display of ferns I am planning, I  require any
> > references
> > to ferns mentioned in literature.
> > 
> > I am already aware of 'fern spore' on Shakesperare Henry IV and ferns in
> > 'Lorna Doone'.  I know there is a wealth of poems on ferns in Victorian
> > fern books and various modern poets efforts in BPS Journals.
> > 
> > What I need is any other fern references in classical/modern literature.
> > 
> > I do hope there is someone out there who can assist me with this.
> > 
> > 
> > And oblige,
> > 
> > A R (Matt) Busby
> > 
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