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Many Voices (selection from) by Edith Nesbit
By: (1858-1924)

E. Nesbit (Edith Bland) was a prodigious 19th century children’s writer who produced over 60 books of fiction for children.

This book of poems has many elements which would appeal to children but there’s also some exploration of her feelings of love, lust and longing which your average 10 year old would find downright yucky. There are also moments of joy, moments of sugary sweetness and moments of sharp insight in this collection which contains views from many angles.

Recurring themes of love, death, gardens and fairies give us a fine insight into the lively imagination of E. Nesbit.

Summary by Jim Mowatt.

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The Return For Dolly Who does not Learn her Lessons Questions The Daisies The Touchstone The December Rose The Fire Song A Parting The Gift of Life Incompatibilities The Stolen God Lazarus to Dives Winter Sea shells Hope The Prodigal's Return The Skylark Saturday Song The Champion The Garden Refused These Little Ones The Despot The Magic Ring Philosophy The Whirligig of Time Magic Windflowers As it is Before Winter The Vault after Sedgmoor Surrender Values In the People's Park Wedding Day The Last Defeat May Day Gretna Green The Eternal The Point of View: I The Point of View: II Mary of Magdala The Home coming Age to Youth In Age White Magic From the Portuguese The Nest The Old Magic Faith The Death of Agnes In Trouble Gratitude At the Last Fear The Day of Judgment A Farewell In Hospital Prayer in Time of War At Parting Invocation To Her: In Time of War The Fields of Flanders Spring in War time The Mother's Prayer Inasmuch as ye did it not


The grass was gray with the moonlit dew, The stones were white as I came through; I came down the path by the thirteen yews, Through the blocks of shade that the moonlight hews... Continue reading book >>

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