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Excerpt from A Home Offering: Consider the Lilies and Other PoemsMrs. Rebecca Morrow Reavis:Madam: Addison says somewhere in the Spectator that women may be living poems, but they never write one. However true it may have been in his age, it isMoreExcerpt from A Home Offering: Consider the Lilies and Other PoemsMrs. Rebecca Morrow Reavis:Madam: Addison says somewhere in the Spectator that women may be living poems, but they never write one. However true it may have been in his age, it is not so in ours. The masculine genius and feminine tenderness displayed by Mrs. Felicia Hemans, will make many a heart throb, when our grandchildren have grown gray. No American poet is her superior, and to this hour in the outgiving of the souls inspiration she stands alone amid her sex.May I say, without intending any fulsome adulation, that I have found in many of your desultory poems the yet unfledged germs of her genius?May I further suggest that while applauding your muse in her highest flights, I would still be more pleased, did she continue longer on the wing. In other words, you should write a womans Iliad, not, however, a story of battles and sieges, but a tale of the human heart. Select such a subject, and in writing it make it the anchor which holds you to your hope of immortality. Then you may say in the words of Mrs. Hemans:I shall not perish all, the bright work grows,Beneath my hand, unfolding as a roseLeaf after leaf to beauty- line after lineI fix my thought, heart, soul to burn, to shine.To the Editor of the Spectator:I trust that you will continue to encourage Mrs. Reavis in writing poetry. Her last poem in the Spectator. Consider the Lilies shows that she possesses three qualities which go to make the highest art in poetry: nobility of sentiment a sense of the beautiful, a power of melody. If Mrs. Reavis continues to write and to improve as she has lately done, she will soon take the country by storm. Just now the want of a poet is the crying want of American literature.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.