Lucy Larcom in American Literature
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McGrath, Mary Annunciata
In every age and among all peoples poetry has flourished. Poetry is inseparable from life.|From the earliest days of the scop and the gleeman, mankind has used poetic rhythm as a vehicle to express the ideals, feelings and moods of a nation.|In Hew England there was the spirit of true American poetry found In the works of a puritan girl, who harmonized her melody of the sea and the hillside, the mountain and the stream. Lucy Larcom was born into this harmony in 1824, added to it by becoming a part of it, and left it, giving it a glorification and an interpretation grand enough for the melodist's ear, and simple enough to reach the girls of all ages- for whom her work finds purpose. She was born in the pleasant old town of Beverly, on the north-east coast of Massachusetts, and lived a great part of her life there. True to tradition of true Bay-Staters, who have an instinctive love for home, she never adopted another section for her own. She was the next to the youngest of eight sisters. and the homes about her that built up the quaint streets and laneways of this real Hew England village were full of neighbor children. Her early years have a strong approval, because of the wholesome Puritanic restrictions under which she was reared.
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