Lady Margaret Sackville
Lady Margaret Sackville was a British poet born on 24 December 1881 in
Mayfair, London. Her talents appeared early on her life: at six she
wrote in verse and at sixteen she performed on the stage.
The book’s history of ownership is revealed through a bookplate and a
signature on the front endsheet. The bookplate bears the name of the
first owner, William Marchbank, while the signature reveals the second
owner Donald Thomas. The book is bound with light brown cloth on the
spine over dark brown boards, and is printed on handmade woven paper,
something that is quite unusual in 1919. Physically, the book is in
excellent condition, and it does not appear that its first owner
actually read the book: the leaves remain uncut, meaning that the pages
are joined together at the top as they were when the large sheet of
paper was folded to make the individual gatherings of the book.
Sackville divided her book into three sections, forging the first two
about home and peace, while the third communicates how civilians at home
depict the warfare. The poems in the first section portray nature in
highly metaphorical language which lends a dreamlike quality to the
poems. By contrast, the poems in the second section are written in
dramatic style using stage directions and character tags. In the third
section, Sackville begins with short poems that use themes of courage,
bravery and patriotism, but the section concludes with poems on the
theme of death and massacres which dominate the war. Sackville’s volume
thus implicitly advocates for peace even as it accedes to the patriotic
view of war.
Find Selected Poems in the UNT Library Catalog.