Old Poem Saturday – The Written Word

thewrittenwordThis short little poem has gotten quite a bit of milage as a piece of advice to writers everywhere. While the advice is sound, the attribution is not – the name of the author, and even the date of publication, having been lost for the last 100 years. I found text sources that list it as “anonymous” since 1955 and references to it earlier than that date. Two online sites attributed it to the authors Madeleine L’Engle or Elizabeth Yates, but it appears, upon further research, that it was a favorite inspirational poem for both women and was not written by either. So “anonymous” it shall stay – thank you, whoever you were, for a poignant poem about writing. Drawing (ink on paper) and composition by me. Have a great weekend!


    1. I would think that would be double or triple true for children’s literature or picture books – I think it is telling that both famous writers who cited this poem as inspiration were known for their children’s or young adult work!

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