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Chapter 5


mare down the shore road[.]

“Not much a great deal. I went a little the last year I stayed with Mrs. Thomas. When I went up river we were so far from a school that I couldn’t walk it in winter and there was vacation in summer so I could only go in the spring and fall. But of course I went while I was at the asylum. I can read pretty well and I know ever so many pieces of poetry off by heart. Don’t yo –‘The Battle of Hohenlendin’ and (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)‘Edinburgh after Flodden’ and (end superscript)‘Bingen on the The Rhine,’ and lots of ‘The Lady of the Lake’ and most of ‘The Seasons’ by James Thompson. Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and


"pieces of poetry off by heart": Many of the poems Anne learned by heart were found in the Royal Readers used in schools and other popular anthologies, including Thomas Campbell's "The Battle of Hohenlindin" and also his "On the Downfall of Poland," William Emondstoune Aytoun’s "Edinburgh after Flodden," Caroline Sheridan Norton’s "Bingen on the Rhine," Sir Walter Scott’s long poem The Lady of the Lake (which Montgomery knew by heart), and James Thomson’s series The Seasons. Read more about these allusions here.