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The Moccasin Maker

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Author: E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 54,578 / 161 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 423
mnybks.net#: 3999
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cter of its own, a quality which distinguishes it from the general run of subjective verse. Though of the Christian faith, there is yet an almost pagan yearning manifest in her work, which she indubitably drew from her Indian ancestry. That is, she was in constant contact with nature, and saw herself, her every thought and feeling, reflected in the mysterious world around her.

This sense of harmony is indeed the prime motive of her poetry, and therein we discern a brightness, a gleam, however fleeting, of mystic light--

"The light that never was on sea or land, The consecration and the poet's dream."

A suggestion of her attitude and sense of inter-penetration lurks in this stanza:

"There's a spirit on the river, there's a ghost upon the shore, And they sing of love and loving through the starlight evermore, As they steal amid the silence and the shadows of the shore."

And in the following verses this "correspondence" is more distinctly drawn:

"O! soft responsive voice

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