In addition to her twenty-four books and over five hundred short stories, L.M. Montgomery published five hundred poems throughout her career, starting in 1890, in a wide range of magazines and newspapers in North America and beyond. Montgomery also organized and prepared a volume of ninety-four poems, published as The Watchman and Other Poems in 1916, and arranged for forty-one poems to appear in her final book The Blythes Are Quoted. In addition, a representative sample of poems from throughout her career, The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery, appeared posthumously in 1987.
Montgomery’s final poem, entitled “The Piper,” was first published in Saturday Night magazine within a few weeks of her death and appears in both The Blythes Are Quoted and The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print.