Sweet Bells Ringing: Laura Redden Searing, a Deaf Poet Restored (Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies Series, Vol. 4)

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Laura Redden Searing (1839-1923) defied critics of the time by establishing herself as a successful poet, a poet who was deaf. She began writing verse at the Missouri School for the Deaf in 1858, and, under the pseudonym Howard Glyndon, soon found herself catapulted into national prominence by her patriotic Civil War poems. Abraham Lincoln himself bought her books, the most critically acclaimed being Idylls of Battle and Poems of the Rebellion, published in 1864. Her poem "Belle Missouri" became the song of the ...
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Overview

Laura Redden Searing (1839-1923) defied critics of the time by establishing herself as a successful poet, a poet who was deaf. She began writing verse at the Missouri School for the Deaf in 1858, and, under the pseudonym Howard Glyndon, soon found herself catapulted into national prominence by her patriotic Civil War poems. Abraham Lincoln himself bought her books, the most critically acclaimed being Idylls of Battle and Poems of the Rebellion, published in 1864. Her poem "Belle Missouri" became the song of the Missouri Volunteers, and she was sent by the St. Louis Republican newspaper to Washington as a war correspondent.

Despite her success, detractors decried her poetry simply because she was deaf, asking how she could know anything of rhyme, rhythm, or musical composition. She quieted them with the simple elegance of her words and the sophistication of her allegorical themes. Readers can enjoy her work again in this volume, which features more than 70 of her finest poems. They also will learn her feelings about the constraints imposed on 19th-century women in her epic narrative of misunderstanding and lost love, "Sweet Bells Jangled:"

Out of sight of the heated land
Over the breezy sea;
Into the reach of the solemn mist
Quietly drifted we.

Her restoration will be an event welcomed by poetry aficionados everywhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563681387
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Series: Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Brief Biography of Laura Redden Searing 1
Laura Redden Searing: A Restored Voice in American Poetry 21
The Red, White, and Blue 37
In Time of War 38
Left on the Battle-Field 39
To the Earnest Thinkers 40
De Profundis 41
The Story of Sumter 42
Watch-Night 44
The Legend of Our Victories 45
The Latest War News 48
Baker 49
The Snow in October 50
An Appeal 52
The Graves of Gettysburg 54
The Snow at Fredericksburg 55
The President's Proclamation 56
A Greeting for a New Year 57
The Volunteer's Return 58
My Absent Soldier 60
Butler's Black Brigade 62
The Quiet Man 63
My Story 64
The Last Poem 66
A Farewell 67
Wilhelmine 68
Dear Mother 70
Thirty Years 72
To John Greenleaf Whittier 73
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet 74
The Unveiling of the Fountain 76
Little Footprints 77
Guessing 78
Birthrights 79
Prelibatory 81
Sweet Bells Jangled 82
To My Rightful Readers 141
My Past 142
An After Song 143
The Home of the Gentians 143
A Rhyme of the Maple Tree 144
Troth-Plight 145
One Kiss Before We Part 147
Entre Nous 148
Two Songs of One Singer 150
The Door Between 152
Afraid 152
Et Tu? 153
You and I! 154
Only Her Hand 155
Amy at the Window 157
Ruse de Guerre 159
A Woman's Complaint 161
Violets in Autumn 163
Which Is Best? 164
Breton Peasants 165
A Love-Song of Sorrento 167
A Sicilian Midnight Madrigal 169
Mazzini 171
At the Grave of Keats 173
Broken Off 175
Disarmed 176
An Empty Nest 177
With White Hands 179
Hail and Farewell 180
But Once 181
At Dawn 182
A Woman's Questioning 183
At Work 183
Ten Years of Silence 184
Exorcism 185
Summer Morning Delights 186
Corrinna Confesses 187
The Confessional 189
A Nineteenth-Century Fashion 191
Broken Toys 192
Half and Half 193
At Odds 195
Snow-flowers 196
Seniority 197
At Eventide 198
Vae Patriae 200
December in California 201
The Hills of Santa Cruz 203
The Realm of Singing 206
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