Isobel Hume: Irish Woman Poet

Little is known of the life of Isobel Hume. She married someone called Fisher, her poems appeared in the Westminster Gazette and The North American Review, and she published a single volume, The Pursuit And Other Poems in 1913.

SPRING
 
Loosen your shining hair!
Let it float to your knee —
Lately a child you were,
Now you hold Love in fee.
 
There is a wood I know
Hid in a lonely place,
Where the white wind flowers grow
No fairer than your face.
 
And elfin rivers run
Tall grasses scarcely cover;
There you will sit in the sun,
And I will be your lover.
 
Lately a child you were,
Now you hold Love in fee —
Loosen your golden hair,
Let it float to your knee.

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2 thoughts on “Isobel Hume: Irish Woman Poet

  1. Hume’s control of the short meter 4-line stanza is brilliant- – see Louise Bogan. The way sense accumulates in the fourth line in wave-like fashion makes ‘Spring’ a touchstone. Thanks for bringing this forgotten master to my attention.

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