History Room on-the-go: Poetry of the Past

Help us celebrate National Poetry Month with a self-guided poetry walk inside the library! We have chosen 10 poems from the History Room collections and have posted them all around the inside of the library. The poems range from published works, unpublished poems in archival collections, and just-for-fun poems published local newspapers.

To join us in person, pick up a map on the History Room bulletin board from April 1 to April 30 and find all ten poems around the building. Read them in person or scan the QR code with your smart phone to listen to an audio recording.

To participate remotely, navigate through this blog post to read and hear each poem!

  1. To the memory of Miss Ledyard of Bath, unpublished, handwritten poem, possibly written by Orren Crommett, circa 1828 (2001.4.35.34)
  2. Song of Spring, by D. Ellen Goodman Shepard, published in the Bath Eastern Times newspaper, March 23, 1854
  3. The Grave by the Sea, unpublished, handwritten poem, signed by Moses Owen, 1862 (MC-020)
  4. An Appointment Decoration Day, by Mrs. L. M. Fogg, published in the Bath Independent, May 28, 1887
  5. Snowflakes, by Alice May Douglas, published in Phlox, 1888 (MAINE 811 Dou)
  6. Spring, by Moses Owen, published in Plymouth Church and other Poems by Moses Owen, 1891
  7. Class Prophecy by Frances W. Morse, abridged typed poem for the Bath High School class of 1891, ca. 1891 (MC 044)
  8. Untitled wedding toast poem, attributed to poet Susan Marr Spaulding on the occasion of her niece’s wedding, published in the Bath Independent, October 20, 1900
  9. One April Day, by James Plaisted Webber, published in Verses for a Little Maid, 1920
  10. To Emma on her Birthday, by Abbie Jacques, 1916, read at the birthday celebration of Emma Purinton on April 24, 1916, and published in the Bath Independent, April 29, 1916

PFL map with poetry walk numbers


1.To the memory of Miss Ledyard of Bath, unpublished, handwritten poem, possibly written by Orren Crommett, circa 1828 (2001.4.35.34)

First page of the handwritten poem "To the Memory of Miss Ledyard of Bath"


2. Song of Spring, by D. Ellen Goodman Shepard, published in the Bath Eastern Times newspaper, March 23, 1854

Song of Spring


 3. The Grave by the Sea, unpublished, handwritten poem, signed by Moses Owen, 1862 (MC-020)


4. An Appointment Decoration Day, by Mrs. L. M. Fogg, published in the Bath Independent, May 28, 1887

 


5. Snowflakes, by Alice May Douglas, published in Phlox, 1888 (MAINE 811 Dou)

Snowflakes

 


6. Spring, by Moses Owen, published in Plymouth Church and other Poems by Moses Owen, 1891 (MAINE 811 Owe)

Spring


7. Class Prophecy by Frances W. Morse, abridged typed poem for the Bath High School class of 1891, ca. 1891 (MC 044)


8. Untitled wedding toast poem, attributed to poet Susan Marr Spaulding on the occasion of her niece’s wedding, published in the Bath Independent, October 20, 1900

Untitled wedding toast poem


9. One April Day, by James Plaisted Webber, published in Verses for a Little Maid, 1920

One April Day


10. To Emma on her Birthday, by Abbie Jacques, 1916, read at the birthday celebration of Emma Purinton on April 24, 1916, and published in the Bath Independent, April 29, 1916

To Emma on her birthday

 

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