I have added a new page to the blog site displaying some scanned copies of writings found in my grandmother Bess's journals. You can find a tab along the top of the site, labelled Bess's Writings.
As previously written Bess was pretty much self taught with respect to manners, music, art and language and she loved poetry.
She wrote some and read a great deal of it. Her first book of poetry was by English poet Percy Shelley (1792-1822) which she received 1914. Shelley, according to one biography I read,
“Shelly has come to symbolize the free and soaring spirit of humankind. He is associated with the idea that one should not content oneself with the mundane but aspire to ever-loftier ideals of perfecting the self, and above all, with the idea of hope.”
Shelly became popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The poems are usually about inspirational topics; striving to be a better person, overcoming adversity, religious themes and many of them are sad.
When my mother Joan read one a few years ago she could still recall her mother reciting it when she was a little girl.