Julia Ann Moore
Biography of Julia Ann Moore
Julia Ann Moore, the "Sweet Singer of Michigan", born Julia Ann Davis in Plainfield Township, Kent County, Michigan (December 1, 1847–June 5, 1920], was an American poet, or more precisely, poetaster.
Some comparison to William McGonagall is worth making. Unlike McGonagall, Moore commanded a fairly wide variety of meters and forms, albeit like Emily Dickinson the majority of her verse is in the ballad meter. Like McGonagall, she held a maidenly bluestocking's allegiance to the Temperance movement, and frequently indited odes to the joys of sobriety. Most importantly, like McGonagall, she was drawn to themes of accident, disaster, and sudden death; as has been said of A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad, in her pages you can count the dead and wounded. Edgar Wilson Nye called her "worse than a Gatling gun".
Her chief claim to contemporary note, however, is that she inspired Mark Twain to create the character of Emmeline Grangerford in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Grangerford's funereal ode to Stephen Dowling Botts.
Moore was also the inspiration for comic poet Ogden Nash, as he acknowledged in his first book, and whose daughter reported that her work convinced Nash to become a "great bad poet" instead of a "bad good poet".
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Julia Ann Moore Poems
The Great Chicago Fire
The great Chicago Fire, friends, Will never be forgot; In the history of Chicago It will remain a darken spot.
On the life of Andrew Jackson, Now dear people I will write, And in sketches, I will tell you His career with great delight.
Spring Time Is Coming
Beautiful Spring is coming, Ah, yes, will soon be here, For the clear bright sun is shining All human hearts to cheer.
The Orphan's Friend
Come all kind, good people, With sympathizing hearts, Come listen to a few kind words A friend to you imparts.
A Departed Friend
He is sleeping, sounding sleeping In the cold and silent tomb. He is resting, sweetly resting In perfect peace, all alone.
Advice To Little Children
Bless those little children That love to go to school; Blessed be the children That obey the golden rule.
Farewell to the old year forever, And all its sorrows and care We'll bury in our hearts, and endeavor New troubles and trials to bear.
Dear Love, Do You Remember?
Dearest one, do you remember, As we sat side by side, How you told me that you loved me, Asked me to be your bride.
Air -- "Drummer Boy of Waterloo" Young Henry was as faithful boy
One more little spirit to Heaven has flown, To dwell in that mansion above, Where dear little angels, together roam, In God's everlasting love.
The Temperance Army
Come all ye friends, and citizens, Where-ever you may be, Come listen to a few kind words A friend will say to thee,
The Two Brave Soldiers
Air -- "The Texas Rangers" My friends, I pray you listen,
Early Days Of Rockford
Air -- "Lucy Long" My friends, I pray you listen,
Sketch Of Lord Byron's Life
"Lord Byron" was an Englishman A poet I believe, His first works in old England Was poorly received.
Air -- "Belle Mahone"
Once there was a lady fair,
With black eyes and curly hair,
She has left this world of care,
Sweet Carrie Monro.