Who is Ridgely Torrence

Frederic Ridgely Torrence (November 27, 1874 – December 25, 1950) was an American poet, and editor. He received the Shelley Memorial Award in 1942 and the Academy of American Poets' Fellowship in 1947.

Early life and education

Born on November 27, 1874 in Xenia, Ohio, Torrence was the eldest child of Captain David Findley Torrence and Mary Ridgely Torrence. His father was a lumber dealer. His grandfather, John Torrence, founded Xenia and Lexington, Kentucky. He had a brother, Findley McDowell Torrence, who attended Harvard University and married a hometown woman, Patricia Broadstone.He had tutors while he was growing up and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1893 to 1895 and transferred to Princeton University. He withdrew from Princeton after he suf...
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Ridgely Torrence Poems

  • The Son
    I heard an old farm-wife,
    Selling some barley,
    Mingle her life with life
    And the name “Charley”....
  • The Lesser Children
    A Threnody at the Hunting Season


    In the middle of August when the southwest wind...
  • Eye-witness
    Down by the railroad in a green valley
    By dancing water, there he stayed awhile
    Singing, and three men with him, listeners,
    All tramps, all homeless reapers of the wind,...
  • Evensong
    Beauty calls and gives no warning,
    Shadows rise and wander on the day.
    In the twilight, in the quiet evening,
    We shall rise and smile and go away....
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Spring 4 Away 3 Birth 3 Light 3 Night 3 Sky 3 Earth 3 Life 3 Warm 3 Green 2


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Melaniejaxn: i saw them kissing in the shade and knew the sum of all my lore: god gave them youth, god gave them love, and even god can give no more. ~frederic ridgely torrence
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Womantoday2: that year she also received the ridgely torrence memorial award from the poetry society of america. the 1960s began a period of change in rich's life: she received the national institute of arts and letters award (1960), ... 10/
Melaniejaxn: i saw them kissing in the shade and knew the sum of all my lore: god gave them youth, god gave them love, and even god can give no more. ~frederic ridgely torrence
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