Jessie B. Rittenhouse

Jessie B. Rittenhouse

About Jessie B. Rittenhouse

Jessie Belle Rittenhouse was born on December 8, 1869, in Mount Morris, NY. She was a poet, literary critic, compiler of poetry anthologies, and lecturer. She compiled many poetry anthologies that included work from some poets who would become well-known, such as Sara Teasdale and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

In 1910, Jessie helped found the Poetry Society in America. In 1924, she married fellow poet Clinton Scollard, and they moved to Florida and founded the Poetry Society of Florida.

She taught modern poetry courses at Rollins College in Florida, and in 1928, they awarded her an honorary doctorate of literature degree.

After her husband, Clinton, died in 1932, Jessie wrote her autobiography, My House of Life.

Jessie B. Rittenhouse passed away on September 28, 1948.

    Poems by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

  • Windows

    in Famous Life Poems

    I looked through others' windows
    On an enchanted earth
    But out of my own window--
    solitude and dearth.

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  • Vision

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    I came to the mountains for beauty
    And I find here the toiling folk,
    On sparse little farms in the valleys,
    Wearing their days like a yoke.

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  • My Wage

    in Famous Life Poems

    I bargained with Life for a penny,
    And Life would pay no more,
    However I begged at evening
    When I counted my scanty store;

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