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The verses composing this volume have been selected by the author almost entirely from the five volume edition of his poems published by the Bobbs Merrill Company in 1907. A number have been included from the three or four volumes which have been published since the appearance of the Collected Poems; namely, three poems from the volume entitled "Nature Notes and Impressions," E. P. Button & Co., New York; one poem from "The Giant and the Star," Small, Maynard & Co., Boston; Section VII and part of Section VIII of "An Ode" written in commemoration of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and published by John P. Morton & Co., Louisville, Ky.; some five or six poems from "New Poems," published in London by Mr. Grant Richards in 1909; and three or four selections from the volume of selections entitled "Kentucky Poems," compiled by Mr. Edmund Gosse and published in London by Mr. Grant Richards in 19O2. Acknowledgment and thanks for permission to reprint the various poems included in this volume are herewith made to the different publishers.

The two poems, "in Arcady" and "The Black Knight" are new and are published here for the first time.

In making the selections for the present book Mr. Cawein has endeavored to cover the entire field of his poetical labors, which extends over a quarter of a century. With the exception of his dramatic work, as witnessed by one volume only, "The Shadow Garden," a book of plays four in number, published in 1910, the selection herewith presented by us is, in our opinion, representative of the author's poetical work.


The Poetry of Madison Cawein.

Hymn to Spiritual Desire. Beautiful Bosomed, O Night. Discovery. O Maytime Woods. The Redbird. A Niello. In May. Aubade. Apocalypse. Penetralia. Elusion. Womanhood. The Idyll of the Standing Stone. Noƫra. The Old Spring. A Dreamer of Dreams. Deep in the Forest I. Spring on the Hills. II. Moss and Fern. III. The Thorn Tree. IV. The Hamadryad. Preludes. May. What Little Things.

In the Shadow of the Beeches. Unrequited. The Solitary. A Twilight Moth. The Old Farm. The Whippoorwill. Revealment. Hepaticas. The Wind of Spring. The Catbird. A Woodland Grave. Sunset Dreams. The Old Byway. "Below the Sunset's Range of Rose". Music of Summer. Midsummer. The Rain Crow. Field and Forest Call. Old Homes. The Forest Way. Sunset and Storm. Quiet Lanes. One who loved Nature. Garden Gossip. Assumption. Senorita. Overseas. Problems. To a Windflower. Voyagers. The Spell. Uncertainty.

In the Wood. Since Then. Dusk in the Woods. Paths. The Quest. The Garden of Dreams. The Path to Faery. There are Faeries. The Spirit of the Forest Spring. In a Garden. In the Lane. The Window on the Hill. The Picture. Moly. Poppy and Mandragora. A Road Song. Phantoms. Intimations of the Beautiful. October. Friends. Comradery. Bare Boughs. Days and Days. Autumn Sorrow. The Tree Toad. The Chipmunk. The Wild Iris. Drouth. Rain. At Sunset. The Leaf Cricket. The Wind of Winter.

The Owlet. Evening on the Farm. The Locust. The Dead Day. The Old Water Mill. Argonauts. "The Morn that breaks its Heart of Gold". A Voice on the Wind. Requiem. Lynchers. The Parting. Feud. Ku Klux. Eidolons. The Man Hunt. My Romance. A Maid who died Old. Ballad of Low Lie Down. Romance. Amadis and Oriana. The Rosicrucian. The Age of Gold. Beauty and Art. The Sea Spirit. Gargaphie. The Dead Oread. The Faun. The Paphian Venus. Oriental Romance. The Mameluke. The Slave. The Portrait.

The Black Knight. In Arcady. Prototypes. March. Dusk. The Winds. Light and Wind. Enchantment. Abandoned. After Long Grief. Mendicants. The End of Summer. November. The Death of Love. Unanswered. The Swashbuckler. Old Sir John. Uncalled.


When a poet begins writing, and we begin liking his work, we own willingly enough that we have not, and cannot have, got the compass of his talent... Continue reading book >>

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