Mary Jane Adams: Irish Woman Poet

mary_mathews_adamsMary Jane Adams (1840–1902) was born in Ireland and moved to America with her family when she was still a child. Her maiden name may have been Matthews, but she published all her work under her married name from her second marriage.

ALL womanhood expressed in one great soul,

Her love, her hope, her trust, and her desire,

A single instance of a mighty whole,

Revealed in characters of living fire.

Shall it be said the whole is incomplete.

The woman’s only — not the master’s power?

 Nay, owning both, she does forever speak

As with freshness of her June-time flower.


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