This charming little pocket book contains a choice collection of 9 bird-related poems written by seminal English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “The Swan’s Nest Among the Reeds” is a wonderful, travel-friendly compendium containing delightful bird poetry partnered with beautiful colour illustrations by Archibald Thorburn that will appeal to naturalists, twitchers and literature lovers alike. The perfect gift for birdwatchers and others who like to roam and read. Contents include: “Birds and Poets, an Excerpt by John Burroughs”, “An Island”, “My Doves”, “The Sea-Mew”, “The Poet and the Bird”, “Patience Taught by Nature”, “The Romance of the Swan’s Nest”, “A Drama of Exile: Bird Spirit”, “Paraphrase on Anacreon: Ode to the Swallow”, and “Bianca Among the Nightingales”. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806– 1861) was an English poet of the Victorian era who garnered significant renown in both Britain and the United States. Browning began writing poetry from the age of eleven and her early work, kept safe by her mother, constitutes one of the largest collections of juvenilia in existence. Her poetry collection “Poems” (1844) brought her popular acclaim, as well the attention of Robert Browning. Fearing her father’s disapproval, the two corresponded and eventually in secret. Browning had a significant influence on many writers of her day, including Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. Other notable works by this writer include: “How Do I Love Thee?” (1845) and “Aurora Leigh” (1856). Ragged Hand is proud to be publishing this brand new collection of classic poetry now complete with illustrations by Archibald Thorburn and an excerpt by John Burroughs.