A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921

Cover art for A WORLD OF SONGS: SELECTED POEMS, 1894–1921, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin LefebvreA World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921 is a collection of fifty poems by L.M. Montgomery that is edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. It is organized to pay tribute to the structure of the collection of her poems that Montgomery organized in her lifetime, The Watchman and Other Poems, whose two major sections are entitled “Songs of the Sea” and “Songs of the Hills and Woods,” but the volume includes a wider selection of “songs,” including of place, of memory, of lamentation, of war, of land and sea, of death, and of love. Most of the poems in this volume have never been collected in book form before and were written before the forty-one poems included in Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, the majority of which were first published in periodicals between 1919 and 1942. The book will be published by University of Toronto Press as a trade paperback and an unjacketed hardcover in February 2019.

A World of Songs is the second volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library, preceded by A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917.

From the Publisher

Although L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is celebrated as a novelist, made famous by her novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, it is less known that she also published hundreds of poems over a period of half a century. Although this output included a chapbook and a full-length collection in which she presented herself primarily as a nature poet, most of her poems appeared in periodicals, including women’s magazines, farm papers, faith-based periodicals, daily and weekly newspapers, and magazines for children. As a shrewd businesswoman, she learned to find the balance between literary quality and commercial salability, even though poetry paid far less than short fiction.

A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921, the second volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library, gathers a selection of fifty poems originally published across a twenty-five-year period. Leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre organizes this work within the context of Montgomery’s life and career, claiming Montgomery not only as a nature poet but also as the author of a wider range of “songs”: of place, of memory, of lamentation, of war, of land and sea, of death, and of love. Many of these poems echo motifs that readers of Montgomery’s novels will recognize, and many more explore surprising perspectives through the use of male speakers. These poems offer today’s readers a new facet of the career of Canada’s most enduringly popular author.



A Note on the Author





Songs of Place

Songs of Memory


Songs of Lamentation

Songs of War


Songs of Land and Sea

Songs of Death

Songs of Love






Index by Title

Index by Date

Index by First Line


Editor: Benjamin Lefebvre
Paratexts: “A Note on the Author,” preface, afterword, and notes by Benjamin Lefebvre
Publisher: University of Toronto Press (Toronto)
Date: February 2019
Format: Trade paperback/unjacketed hardcover
Trim: 5.5” x 8.5”
Pagination: xx + 140 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-4875-2369-5 (paper), 978-1-4875-0509-7 (cloth)
Series: The L.M. Montgomery Library