OTR Celebrates April with Lucy Maud Montgomery

We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed.  Life would be a sorry business without them.  With them it’s grand and great.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery

 The Maritimes

Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of Canada’s most cherished authors, best known for the world-renowned Anne of Green Gables.  Born in 1874, she was raised in the Maritimes on Prince Edward Island, famous for its red soil, potatoes, traditional Celtic music, and idyllic lifestyle.  I live on the opposite coast of Canada, but once I visited the Maritimes, I felt it was home.

This month OTR celebrates April with the poems of Lucy Maud Montgomery.

An April Night

By Lucy Maud Montgomery

The moon comes up o’er the deeps of the woods,
And the long, low dingles that hide in the hills,
Where the ancient beeches are moist with buds
Over the pools and the whimpering rills;

And with her the mists, like dryads that creep
From their oaks, or the spirits of pine-hid springs,
Who hold, while the eyes of the world are asleep,
With the wind on the hills their gay revellings.

Down on the marshlands with flicker and glow
Wanders Will-o’-the-Wisp through the night,
Seeking for witch-gold lost long ago
By the glimmer of goblin lantern-light.

The night is a sorceress, dusk-eyed and dear,
Akin to all eerie and elfin things,
Who weaves about us in meadow and mere
The spell of a hundred vanished Springs.

 

18 Comments

    1. Clanmother

      I marvel at how she was able to draw on the tragedies in her own life to bring out the very best of the human condition. Thank you for the lead to Project Gutenberg. I look forward to our ongoing discussion..

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    1. Clanmother

      You will love your time spent in the Maritimes! I went in the last part of August and early September.There are many stories and the music, oh the music!!! Thank you for stopping by for a visit.

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    1. Clanmother

      Indeed, she is! I never get tired of Anne of Green Gables. That is where I got my thoughts on “kindred spirits.”

      “Miss Barry was a kindred spirit after all,” Anne confided to Marilla, “You wouldn’t think so to look at her, but she is. . . Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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      1. valeriedavies

        The tears came into my eyes – again- as I watched this video… it’s unfailingly heart wrenching, isn’t it !
        Yes, blogging brings it home, doesn’t it – so many kindred spirits…

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    1. Clanmother

      Thank you so much! I can see that Lucy Maud Montgomery was influenced by Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott.”

      Out flew the web and floated wide-
      The mirror crack’d from side to side;
      “The curse is come upon me,” cried
      The Lady of Shalott.

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    1. Clanmother

      Thank you, Cindy, for your words of encouragement. I would like to go back to PEI and Cape Breton to study the Gaelic language. It is high on my bucket list!!! This photo was taken on one of those lazy August days when the sun seems to go on forever…

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    1. Clanmother

      Oh Marsella! – I love her dearly as well. Anne spelled with an “e” was a bold statement for individuality. Lucy Maud was like us –

      “I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
      ― L.M. Montgomery

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