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Farm Ballads

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Classic and charming bestselling book first published in 1873 containing poetry written on the farm about families, love, death, money, nature and the out-of-doors with equally charming illustrations to match the poems. Farm ballads include among others Over the Hill from the Poor-house, How Jamie Came Home, etc. Other poems include Apple-Blossoms and Autumn Days.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Applewood Books (first published January 1st 1882)
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Rob Roy
The poetry we were caused to read in school was mainly English, and had little to do with our lives. This book also doesn't, but for a far different reason. This is poetry written for a rural America long since past. It spoke to me of a time long gone, where rough hands guided a horse drawn plow. I challenge the reader to read "Over the Hill to the Poor House" without a tear forming in their eye. This is poetry not of English aristocracy but rather of American homespun farmers.
Very sweet home-town poems from the late 1800s, I'd estimate. Most of the stories have happy endings, too. My favorite is "The Old Man Meditates", wherein a patriarch laments the passing of the quiet days of close community by the roaring technology of 'Progress'.

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William McKendree Carleton was an American poet. Carleton's poems were most often about his rural life.
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