Category Archives: Literature

T. L. Peacock’s Views on Burns – January 1924

In a passage in T.L. Peacock’s Gryll Grange he exalts Robert Burns as the “faithful interpreter of nature.” No poet, he says is “truer to nature than Burns” and no one less so than Moore. Again, “Shakespeare never makes a … Continue reading

Posted in Burns, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Doh, Ray Me Scale at Home – January 1922

We had a doh, ray, me scale at home and I can see it hanging on the wall and my father or mother with a ruler giving us singing exercises on it and I feel yet the keen delight of … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Literature | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Scott and Burns – January 1921

It is the burning patriotism, the family loyalty and the pride of race which endear Burns and Scott to us. In especial, the soul of Burns was steeped through and through with Scottish sentiment. On the surface, the great ambition … Continue reading

Posted in Burns, Literature | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Giving that Makes Happiness – January 1920

It is a pretty custom  — the exchanging of gifts at Christmas — if we could afford to do it in a simple way without too anxious counting of the cost. It is especially good for the children to be … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Poetry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Grandmothers’s Story – December 1895

We children were playing round grandmother’s chair, And grannie joined in with so cheerful an air, We forgot that she wasn’t just one of ourselves And wild ran round her like frolicsome elves. At last she besought us to pause … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Literature, Poetry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

An Unutterable Coarse Poet – May 1900

A correspondent writes to tell me that I am wrong in supposing that Kipling is not a favourite with women readers. She knows of a girl who reads little, but who devours every word of his, and more to that … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, Poetry, Women | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Letter to My Boys – May 1920

Dear Rogues. I saw some boys the other day planting their cricket stumps and immediately your yells were brought to my mind. I nearly stopped and asked them “Where’s Binks? He is such a grand bowler.” Some very proper little … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Family, Letters | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sweet and Low – February 1918

Not a new version, I should have said, but a new application. When I heard the munitions girls last week in St Andrews Halls singing Tennyson’s lullaby I thought I had never realised so fully before the pathos underlying the … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry, WW1 | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

In Defence of Poor Gretchen – January 1910

(This the final letter on the controversy surrounding Killing the Turkeys, however Margaret doesn’t let it drop and mentions it twice more in her next two columns.) Letter to the Editor: Sir, I am sorry to see more farmers’ wives … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Letters, Women | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Farming with Refinement – January 1910

(And it goes on) The letter of “Another Farmer’s Wife” in your last issue is highly amusing. After giving an impressive description of the vastness of her native farm, etc., she says “but possibly Gretchen considers even that experience confined … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Letters | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment