Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

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She was a British novelist and poet, who also wrote essays and reviews. She taught at the London Working Women's College for twelve years from 1895 to 1907. She wrote poetry under the pseudonym Anodos, taken from George MacDonald; other influences on her were Richard Watson Dixon and Christina Rossetti. Robert Bridges,the Poet Laureate,described he ...

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Affection

The earth that made the rose,
She also is thy mother, and not I.
The flame wherewith thy maiden spirit glows
Was lighted at no hearth that I sit by.
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The Other Side Of A Mirror

I sat before my glass one day,
And conjured up a vision bare,
Unlike the aspects glad and gay,
That erst were found reflected there -
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‘he Came Unto His Own, And His Own Received Him Not’

As Christ the Lord was passing by,
He came, one night, to a cottage door.
He came, a poor man, to the poor;
He had no bed whereon to lie.
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Gibberish

Many a flower have I seen blossom,
Many a bird for me will sing.
Never heard I so sweet a singer,
Never saw I so fair a thing.
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To Memory

Strange Power, I know not what thou art,
Murderer or mistress of my heart.
I know I'd rather meet the blow
Of my most unrelenting foe
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i love her poems esp "Do not stand on my grave and weep"

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Classic Poetry Aloud 27 September 2007

I discovered Mary Coleridge in a popular anthology 'Poetry of Today' (1920, £2 at the local second hand book shop) , and I would agree that she deserves to be read more. To do my bit in spreading the word, I posted a reading of 'Where a Roman Villa Stood, Above Freiburg' at Classic Poetry Aloud. It's available to listen to (for free) at: http: //classicpoetryaloud.podomatic.com/entry/2007-09-27T00_19_37-07_00

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Karen Devlin 16 June 2004

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge is a poet who has recently been 'rediscovered' in the last few years. Several of her poems are now old favourites on university reading lists. It may not be widely known that Coleridge also wrote five novels in her short lifetime. All but one of these are out of print, but are a fascinating read and contrast sharply with her poetry. I am currently researching Coleridge's work for a Phd at the University of Hull. Mary Coleridge is someone who should be widely read.

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