A World of Songs

Selected Poems, 1894-1921

Table des matières

A Note on the Author

The Gable Window

The Poet’s Thought

Songs of Place
In Lovers’ Lane
The Fir Lane
In an Old Garden
The Old Home Calls
The Exile
The Summons

Songs of Memory
Three Days
Do You Remember?
Memory Pictures

The Singer

Songs of Lamentation
I Would Be Well
Night Watches
If I Had Known
The Book
The Mother

Songs of War
The Last Prayer
The Three Songs
We Who Wait
Our Women

One of the Shepherds

Songs of Land and Sea
When the Fishing Boats Go Out
When the Fishing Boats Come In
Rain in the Woods
My Pictures
The Wind in the Poplars
The Sea-Shell
Before Storm
A Shore Picture
The Sea to the Shore

Songs of Death
Too Late
I Have Buried My Dead
An Old Man’s Grave
The Treasures

Songs of Love
If Love Should Come
The Gray Silk Gown
On the Bridge
With Tears They Buried You To-day
To One Hated
The Lover’s Catechism

The Poet

What I Would Ask of Life

Index by Title
Index by Date
Index by First Line

La description


Celebrated as a novelist and made famous by her novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, L. M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is far less known for also writing and publishing hundreds of poems over a period of half a century. Although this output included a chapbook and a full-length collection in which she presented herself primarily as a nature poet, most of her poems appeared in periodicals, including women’s magazines, farm papers, faith-based periodicals, daily and weekly newspapers, and magazines for children. As a shrewd businesswoman, she learned to find the balance between literary quality and commercial saleability and continued to publish poetry even though it paid less than short fiction.


A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921, the second volume in The L. M. Montgomery Library, gathers a selection of fifty poems originally published across a twenty-five-year period. Benjamin Lefebvre organizes this work within the context of Montgomery’s life and career, claiming her not only as a nature poet but also as the author of a wider range of “songs”: of place, of memory, of lamentation, of war, of land and sea, of death, and of love. Many of these poems echo motifs that readers of Montgomery’s novels will recognize, and many more explore surprising perspectives through the use of male speakers. These poems offer today’s readers a new facet of the career of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.


"The collection of fifty poems published over a twenty-five-year period, beginning in 1894 with the first, is not only the second volume in The L. M. Montgomery Library but a step in a major reconsideration of her poetry. "

- Anne Burke