Artifacts & Documents: Manuscripts

Edward's 1821 Love Poem for Orra

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Edward wrote this poem for Orra sometime before they were married. Its lines are unusually short and direct for Hitchcock, who usually inclined to more ornate expression. Perhaps the simplicity was inspired by the character of its subject, his wife-to-be.

Edward Hitchcock
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library