Countrywomen

By Katherine Mansfield 1888–1923 Katherine Mansfield
These be two
Country women.
What a size!
Great big arms
And round red faces;
Big substantial
Sit down places;
Great big bosoms firm as cheese
Bursting through their country jackets;
Wide big laps
And sturdy knees;
Hands outspread,
Round and rosy,
Hands to hold
A country posy
Or a baby or a lamb—
      And such eyes!
Stupid, shifty, small and sly
Peeping through a slit of sty,
Squinting through their neighbours’ plackets.

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Poet Katherine Mansfield 1888–1923

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

Poetic Terms Syllabic

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Even before she died at the age of thirty-four Katherine Mansfield had achieved a reputation as one of the most talented writers of the modern short story in English. From 1910 publications in periodicals like the New Age through the five volumes of stories published before her death, Mansfield was recognized as innovative, accessible, and psychologically acute, one of the pioneers of the avant-garde in the creation of the short . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Syllabic

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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