Elinor Wylie

1885 - 1928

The American poet and novelist, Elinor Wylie, was really popular in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. Written from an aristocratic and traditionalist point of view, her works reflected the changes in American attitudes following World War I. Although she was popular in her lifetime, she gradually sank into oblivion after her death. Nonetheless, feminist critics have been studying her work again since the 1980s.


Wild Peaches

When the world turns completely upside down You say we’ll emigrate to the Eastern Shore Aboard a river-boat from Baltimore; We’ll live among wild peach trees, miles from town, You’ll ... [+]



When foxes eat the last gold grape, And the last white antelope is killed, I shall stop fighting and escape Into a little house I'll build.
But first I'll shrink to fairy size, With a whispe ... [+]


The Eagle and the Mole

Avoid the reeking herd, Shun the polluted flock, Live like that stoic bird, The eagle of the rock.
The huddled warmth of crowds Begets and fosters hate; He keeps above the clouds His cliff ... [+]