Amelia Josephine Burr

(1878-1968 / United States)

Biography of Amelia Josephine Burr

Amelia Josephine Burr (19 November 1878 - 15 June 1968) was an American poet. Born in New York City, she was educated at and graduated from Hunter College (New York). She worked for the Red Cross in 1917-18. She married Reverend Carl H. Elmore of Englewood, New Jersey.

She was described as a "popular lyricist, whose work yet flashes with genuine poetic feeling" and was reputed to have traveled widely. A contemporary source commented, "Her adventures in the Orient have colored her work, and with energy and charm she succeeded in getting to know much concerning the natives and their customs wherever she went. Much of her verse must, of course, be classed as balladry, and it is as a balladist that she has gained a wide audience, but, especially in her later work, there is much more than graceful appeal."

Poetical works:

A Roadside Fire, 1913

Afterglow, a poem 1913

In Deep Places, 1914

Life and Living 1916

The Silver Trumpet 1918

Hearts Awake: The Pixy, A play, 1919

The above two volumes relate chiefly to World War I

A child garden in India, for very little people: Verses 1922

Little houses: A book of poems 1923

Selected lyrics 1927

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Where Love is

By the rosy cliffs of Devon, on a green hill's crest,
I would build me a house as a swallow builds its nest;
I would curtain it with roses, and the wind should breathe to me
The sweetness of the roses and the saltness of the sea.

Where the Tuscan olives whiten in the hot blue day,
I would hide me from the heat in a little hut of gray,
While the singing of the husbandman should scale my lattice green
From the golden rows of barley that the poppies blaze between.

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