My Autograph

By Susanna Moodie 1803–1885 Susanna Moodie
What—write my name!
            How vain the feeble trust,
            To be remembered
      When the hand is dust—
Grieve rather that the talents freely given
Were used for earth—not treasured up for Heaven!

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Poet Susanna Moodie 1803–1885

POET’S REGION Canada

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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Susanna Moodie's importance in Canadian literary history derives partly from her prominence as a contributor to the Literary Garland, the most successful literary periodical in the British North American provinces in the mid nineteenth century, but mostly from the quality of her classic settlement narrative Roughing It in the Bush (1852) and its first sequel, Life in the Clearings (1853). The former work in particular has . . .

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POET’S REGION Canada

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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