[[ Read ]] ➭ The White Cliffs Author Alice Duer Miller – Writerscompany.co.uk

So far the most beautiful collection of words I have had the fortune to come across. Very readable book of poetry, describing the thoughts and life of a young American woman who arrives in England just before the first world war Like a lot people who leave home she discovers that she is torn because does not quite fit into either country entirely once she has been away for a while. So much was packed into this book. This is a small novella completely in verse that I have had since I was in the a production of EXIT THE BODY My character in that show mentions that she is reading this, and I bought it to read it, but never got around to itthough I did read the summary somewhere on the internet so I knew what the heck I was pretending to read Anyway, I read it today on Dia de los muertos, and it was a lovely read for this day This quote in particular rang true as I celebrate my Dad today by eating his f This is a small novella completely in verse that I have had since I was in the a production of EXIT THE BODY My character in that show mentions that she is reading this, and I bought it to read it, but never got around to itthough I did read the summary somewhere on the internet so I knew what the heck I was pretending to read Anyway, I read it today on Dia de los muertos, and it was a lovely read for this day This quote in particular rang true as I celebrate my Dad today by eating his favorite foods and taking him down to the community ofrenda here in Albuquerque Oh, sad people, buy not your past too dearly, Live not in dreams of the past, for understand, If you remember too much, too long, too clearly, If you grasp memory in all its glory For the sake of teh dreams of your head upon your bed You will be left with only the worn dead story You told yourself of the dead I also must say that I reveled in this novella for another reason entirely and that is that I m a bit obsessed with DOWNTON ABBEY right now, and this sits right in the same time as that show in England, albeit,of a Devon London life not Yorkshire, butgood and wonderful, nonetheless The White Cliffs Is A Long Poem Which Expresses Completely And Beautifully What Many Americans Felt About England In Her Dark Hour The Story Is Concerned With A Young American Girl Of Good Yankee Stock, Who Marries An Englishman, Loses Him In The Great War, Bears His Son, And Finds Herself Facing, With Her Indomitable Mother In Low, The New PerilThe White Cliffs Starts As A Charming And Even At Times An Amusing Poem, Gathering Emotional Power As It Goes On Till It Comes To A Moving And Splendid End A Book For Those Whose Beliefs Are Now Lukewarm It Is, Wrote Mr R J Cruikshank Recently In The Star A Promise That The Literature Which We English Speaking People Share In Common Is Beginning To Give Utterance To This Grand Theme Of Union The Poem Has Been Widely Popular In America Lynn Fontanne, The Famous American Actress, Twice Read It In Serial Form On The Radio, And It Was One Of The Last Books Read By Lord Lothian, While Mr William Lyon Phelps Commented Not Only A Very Beautiful Poem, But A Wonderful Stody Of The English It Has Now Been Twice Successfully Broadcast By The BBC I m not a poetry connoisseur but I thought this flowed very nicely It s a story of love and loss told in rhyme which was very different to anything I ve read before The only thing I felt let it down was that, for me, it didn t express the feelings of first love too deeply or the loss at all It just seemed to brush over the latter. A very short and easy to read verse novella Unlike a reviewer below, I didn t think the entire poem was doggerel there are various forms in the complete poem, somesimple than others But it is in a sense a propaganda piece, so it is sensible, I think, that the beginning of the poem should have the kind of rhymes and rhythms that would draw the average reader in.The poem has the same feel to it as Powell and Pressburger s A Matter of Life and Death a conversation between Britain A very short and easy to read verse novella Unlike a reviewer below, I didn t think the entire poem was doggerel there are various forms in the complete poem, somesimple than others But it is in a sense a propaganda piece, so it is sensible, I think, that the beginning of the poem should have the kind of rhymes and rhythms that would draw the average reader in.The poem has the same feel to it as Powell and Pressburger s A Matter of Life and Death a conversation between Britain and America about why England Britain the United Kingdom should be helped by the United States in its fight against Fascism the protagonist s father fills much the same role as the adversarial advocate in that film s heavenly court In fact, as I write this, I wonder how much of an influence The White Cliffs had on the film.Like Mrs Miniver 1 , the novel is set in a certain class there are children with nannies, husbands who think that first children should always be named a certain way, people who think that primogeniture is very good thing, people who live in the countryside in big houses It conveys a stereotypical view of England we ll call it that that reflects only the s of, say, the upper middle class, and believes those people, those s, define England For that reason the poem feels very located in a time, and place, and doesn t speak to a wider audience But then, it wasn t really written for a wider audience, certainly on this side of the pond It was written to inspire an American audience to agitate to save a stereotypical Britain And, after all, stereotypes can be powerful This poem was apparently successful in speaking to the American public about the perils Britain faced The battered old copy I read was a 15th edition, so doggerel in part it might have been, but that doggerel struck a chord with readers in a way thatelevated or sophisticated poetry might not Anyway, there are some nice structures and lines later in the poem that indicate that simplicity of form might have been an intent Caveat I do not know enough about Alice Duer Miller s other poetry to be sure, however, that this is soSo a short read, that some might find irritating for a variety of reasons, but that some might find inspiring for a variety of reasons It has historical interest, certainly, and also has pertinence to cultural studies 1 I like Mrs Miniver That bomb shelter scene I first read White Cliffs as a Senior in High School I Absolutely LOVED it I stayed after school for several afternoons and typed me a copy of this wonderful story That was 55 years ago I Still have my typed copy I take it out of the yellowed see thru jacket cover and re read it over and over again.In later years, I purchased the book I was so Happy to be able to find a copy in excellent condition with the jacket in very good condition I felt that this was a Joy Bell from GOD, becau I first read White Cliffs as a Senior in High School I Absolutely LOVED it I stayed after school for several afternoons and typed me a copy of this wonderful story That was 55 years ago I Still have my typed copy I take it out of the yellowed see thru jacket cover and re read it over and over again.In later years, I purchased the book I was so Happy to be able to find a copy in excellent condition with the jacket in very good condition I felt that this was a Joy Bell from GOD, because I prayed about it before I began my search a number of years ago It is a TREASURE to me I still LOVE this story.This may sound silly..but I can quote word for word a lot of this beautiful and yet tragic love story.It touched me at 17 years of age and it still touches me at 72 NOW THAT S A GREAT AUTHOR Abebooks has the signed copy that Alice Duer Miller signed for Eleanor Roosevelt It is the copy from President Roosevelt s wife s Library It is currently for sale but it is hundreds of dollars, and that is just too expensive for me to purchaseI WISH I COULD I SURELY WOULD If you are a Romantic at heart, this book is just for you.HAPPY READING Marsha Carol Watson Gandy I picked this book up at The Book Thing in Balti as a teenager, drawn to it by the title and description, for I am most incurably an Anglophile It languished on my shelf of poetry nearly a decade until today when I ran across it again What a lovely little book The White Cliffs is a story told through a collection of poems of Sue, a young Yankee woman who travels to England, the old homeland which holds ever an allure for many Americans There she falls in love, marries, becomes a moth I picked this book up at The Book Thing in Balti as a teenager, drawn to it by the title and description, for I am most incurably an Anglophile It languished on my shelf of poetry nearly a decade until today when I ran across it again What a lovely little book The White Cliffs is a story told through a collection of poems of Sue, a young Yankee woman who travels to England, the old homeland which holds ever an allure for many Americans There she falls in love, marries, becomes a mother and then a widow to the Great War These verses are not only her chronicle of her life, but also her record of experiences as an American amongst the English, a common girl amongst the dwindling upper classes, and a young person facing the tragedies of the World Wars.It s not all great poetry, I admit, but while some of the verses were borderline cheesy, others were profound and beautiful This would be a lovely and quick read for an older student studying the World Wars era, for a romantic in the mood for a bittersweet love story, or for an Anglophile ever longing for a journey across the sea Read this by accident and loved it so damn much I bought the book at a secondhand store, and knew nothing about it I collect old books, so I bought it It had been on my shelf for a while, right near my bed.Feeling under the weather and not wanting to move much, yet wanting to read, I look up and see it It wasn t what I was currently reading, but it was the closest book to me.So I grabbed it And started reading And kept reading And it s just so beautiful It s so beautiful I loved eve Read this by accident and loved it so damn much I bought the book at a secondhand store, and knew nothing about it I collect old books, so I bought it It had been on my shelf for a while, right near my bed.Feeling under the weather and not wanting to move much, yet wanting to read, I look up and see it It wasn t what I was currently reading, but it was the closest book to me.So I grabbed it And started reading And kept reading And it s just so beautiful It s so beautiful I loved every minute of it When it was over, I had a hard time coming back to reality Wonderful story, thousand out of ten would recommend again and again The White Cliffs


About the Author: Alice Duer Miller

Alice Duer Miller July 28, 1874 August 22, 1942 was an American writer whose poetry actively influenced political opinion Her feminist verses impacted on the suffrage issue, while her verse play The White Cliffs encouraged US entry into World War II She also wrote novels and screenplays from Wikipedia


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