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Ballad of Mary Bennet

April 11, 2012
By papagena GOLD, New York, New York
papagena GOLD, New York, New York
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Oh where is the tale of Mary Bennet?
Left among four beauties and forgotten
Always neglected, tears streaked down her face
Poor Mary Bennet, the one plain sister

“She’s the only plain one,” said Ms. Austen.
Mary’s fingers tap at the piano,
Still hoping others will fancy her songs,
Faced instead with raw tempers and anger.

But Mary shan’t be sad, so she
Will roam the moors, or wait inside,
Sit with books, look out the window:
Dreaming of a musical world.

Oh! Forever may she be free
From the bounds of society
Take her hand and fly away, or
Watch her play pianoforte

What splendid concertos she plays
What marvelous concert etudes
How I long to hear her sweet voice!
Shall we play piano duets?

How I love her dear brown glasses,
Her plaid and tartan dress, and her
Plain features that are owned by all
The masses, with hair dull and flat.

To feel left out and all alone
With no person to fully trust
And few truly believe in her!
Let’s hope that she shall not feel sad!

Vanity and pride are different things,
Though the words are used synonymously.
Pride is our own opinion of ourselves;
Vanity is what others think of us.

With pride, you loved to play the piano
Music is truly the love of your life.
So where is the tale of Mary Bennet?
Left among four beauties and forgotten

The author's comments:
This poem honors Mary Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She deserves much more fame than she gets.

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This article has 8 comments.

on Jun. 1 2012 at 11:37 am
lydia shelton, Boston, Massachusetts
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I love the Mary Bennet in your poem. She deserves our sympathy. Your poem is funny and elegant.

Alex said...
on May. 22 2012 at 2:06 pm
funny poem about Mary Bennet, you make sound so elegant. It is an amazing poem.

Stwart said...
on May. 10 2012 at 9:12 am
Great job! Your description of Mary is really funny!

yaya said...
on May. 1 2012 at 3:26 pm

You are a great writer. This ballad is amazing. Your description of Mary is very vivid. How about her other sisters? Any poems that you would like to share with us?

Keep up your good work!

rachelcohen said...
on Apr. 25 2012 at 2:58 pm
rachelcohen, Los Angeles, California
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good rhythm, beautiful ballad! I love it!

leslie said...
on Apr. 18 2012 at 10:56 pm
the best ballad, I love it!

l_nelson said...
on Apr. 18 2012 at 10:27 am
beautiful ballad! I love it!

kwhm2000 said...
on Apr. 13 2012 at 9:04 pm
beautifully written and so moving!