Quotation by Susan B. Anthony

Since I know nothing of the merits of poetry, I am not able to pass any opinion upon this, but I can see that "reap" and "deep," "prayers" and "bears," "ark" and "dark," "true" and "grew" do rhyme, and so I suppose it is a splendid effort, but if you had written it in plain prose, I could have understood it a great deal better and read it a great deal more easily.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 49, by Ida Husted Harper (1898).

Responding in 1897 to an admirer who had written a poem in her honor.
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