Monday, November 23, 2009

First published on September 10, 2009

I think this poem is one of Milly's best and that the third stanza is the secret to its success. My question is, Does the stanza also contain a dangling modifier? Or is it grammatically accurate?

Spring in February

Milly Jourdain

A damp wind blew from the west over the frozen ground, and for days a cold mist lay on the earth;

Then the sun shone out on little drifts of snow-drops in the gardens, and a pleasant wind dried the roads.

Coming up the long gray village in the late afternoon, the sound of thrushes singing all round me before the dark fell was like pure water.

And I was made more happy than I can say; and my happiness was like their song.

Now off to feed the greedy little goats and to pickle peppers. I have never pickled peppers before, and I am looking forward to it.


  1. On there are several entries for "A Childhood" and they are all "print-on-demand" copies meaning no real publisher. I really enjoy your Milly Jourdain project; thanks for pursuing it with such passion.

  2. Jim, thanks for the information. I've been so focused on MJ's poems that I haven't even begun to take on her prose. But a friend of mine did buy "A Childhood" and says: "So far what strikes me the most is that she writes about a lot of plants that I have never heard of."