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Here's a wonderful book of poetry about the way that men treat women written by a suffragist in 1915. I can't say that I'm much enthused by her ability to write poetry, but I love the humor and cynicism she uses. She describes herself as being "twixt mirth and wrath" regarding the treatment of women. Some of the poems are preceded by a chauvinistic statement, either something said by a man or a commonly-held belief. The poem which follows the statement either uses sarcasm to show how foolish the statement is, or it addresses seriously the problems created by such an opinion. Miller is obviously very smart and has done a lot of reading and studying. She refers to anti-suffragists as 'antis,' so you don't wonder what that word means.
Like almost all of these free Kindle books of poetry, the formatting is terrible. The poems are in paragraphs rather than lines, and everything runs together since there are no blank lines separating the poems. It's a short book and doesn't take long to read. If you're interested in the suffrage movement and want a serious book about it, get one called Debate on Women Suffrage, which is also free for the Kindle.
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This is a collection of satirical poems which first appeared in the New York Tribune over a period of time. They were written by Alice Duer Miller who was born in 1874 and died in 1942. Her writing career covered a span of some 44 years. Her first published work appeared in 1896 and the last in 1940. Her work included over twenty novels and books of poetry. We best know her for her verse novel, "The White Cliffs of Dover," of which a movie was eventually made and the book itself sold over 1 million copies...something you don't often see with this type of work. It is also interesting to note that her name appears in the very first issue of The New Yorker as an "adviser."
"Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times" is a collection of the poems she wrote for the New York Tribune. These poems are very sarcastic and biting in nature and quite often are written in response to some statement made by a politician or writer who was anti-women's suffrage. The poems are quite clever and well written and absolutely filled with logic. I would have hated to have been on the receiving end of one of her penned barbs.
This was a free Kindle download so I am not complaining all that much, but it should be noted that the formatting of this particular work leaves much to be desired. It is done completely in paragraph format which sort of takes a bit away from the rhythm of the poetry. At first I found this to be a bit off putting but I soon adjusted and really had no problems. It is nice to have this one on Kindle as Mrs. Miller does use some now archaic terms and rather than have to run to the dictionary constantly, a flick of the finger gives me the meaning almost instantly.
Not only is this a fun read, but it gives great insight to the attitude of that era and good insight as to some of the (and we are not talking all that long ago) barriers women have had to overcome.
The formatting is horrible. Just a little space between the poems would have been nice. But the poems are great. I don't ead much poetry so I don't pretend to criticize the style but their content is awesome. Unfortunately so much of what she writes can be held applicable today but it's nice to take a look back and see how far women have come.
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