Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review of "To a Young Girl at a Window" by Margaret Widdemer

"To a Young Girl at a Window" by Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Widdemer (1884 - 1978) was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on December 1, 2013.  A link to the poem may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23771?utm_source=PAD%3A+To+a+Young+Girl+at+a+Window+by+Margaret+Widdemer&utm_campaign=poemaday_120113&utm_medium=email

The poem is a short ballad consisting of two quatrains.  The use of pronouns in the poem is a bit confusing.  In the first stanza, "her" refers to "The Poor Old Soul," a once beautiful lady now well past her prime.

The "you" in the second stanza refers to the titular "Young Girl at a Window."  The young girl leans out of the window to observe her elderly counterpart with pity and perhaps contempt.  "Nor" here means "not."

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