Sadness. It strikes us all at one time or another. For some, sadness can deepen into feelings of depression, emptiness, and hopelessness. Physical manifestations of depression can include profound physical and mental exhaustion, often combined withMoreSadness. It strikes us all at one time or another. For some, sadness can deepen into feelings of depression, emptiness, and hopelessness. Physical manifestations of depression can include profound physical and mental exhaustion, often combined with insomnia. We long for relief, for a healing balm. Sometimes we are able to recognize that our depression will lift, other times it seems never-ending.
Besides depression, people of all times have suffered from hurt, loneliness, or lack of connection, sometimes on a temporary basis and sometimes as a more permanent state. Not surprisingly, people suffered from these things in the nineteenth century also, and rather than staying silent, some of them wrote about it. They also wrote about hope, strength, and faith. These poets no doubt wrote these poems as a form of self-expression, perhaps catharsis- the fact that they were published, however, tells us that they also spoke to an audience who perhaps felt some relief in knowing they were not alone with their pain.
In reading these pieces, you might experience the same feeling. They are poems recognition, but also poems of hope- they were written to be shared.Godeys Ladys Book was one of the most popular magazines in nineteenth century America, reaching every state and territory. Its poetry, authored by amateurs and professionals alike, allows us to share in the emotional and intellectual experiences of these Americans in a unique way. The Godey’s Poetry series is made up of 18 volumes based on a variety of themes. In addition to this volume, you might be interested in:Awakening: Fifteen poems of Spring and SummerRetreat: Fourteen Autumn and Winter poemsNightfall to Dawn: Twenty One poemsTo the Rain: Twenty Two poemsTo the Sea: Thirty One poemsLove: Thirty Four poemsLove’s Endings: Thirty Two poemsOf Thoughts Sublime: Thirty Eight SonnetsIn the Time of Mourning: Thirty Three poems of Grief and LossDeath and Remembrance: Thirty Four poemsIndians’ Lament: Twenty Two poems on Native AmericansTemperance: Seventeen poems on the dangers of drinkUnfurl the Banner, Strew the Flowers: Twelve poems of the Civil War and its AftermathAmerica: Thirty Six poems of the New Nation1828-1831: An Album.
Thirty Four poemsLife: Thirty Three casual poems and light verseHonoring the Muse: Twenty One poems on Poetry and PoetsA final volume focuses on the poetry in Hale’s Boston-based Ladies’ Magazine. “Cherishing the Sacred Fire” presents 100 poems from the Ladies’ Magazine (1828-1836), about 45 of which are included in various collections above. This volume has in-depth Introduction that looks at Hale as an editor and her philosophies on poetry.