TELLICO BLUE by George Scarbrough


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An addition to regional poetry is this little volume of verse by George Scar-brough. It is named after a region in the smoky mountains which must be very beautiful, as it is described again and again and lovingly as ""blue crystal and cedar"". It is a land of small mountain farms and deep woods where once the Indians roamed. The author himself is part Cherokee in his ancestry. The poetry is somewhat less beautiful than the land it celebrates. Though it often mentions the language of Chaucer and Shakespeare that is still prevalent in the Smokies, it speaks with something less than that pure accent. But some of the youthful experiences recorded are intensely and sincerely felt; the beauty of the bulls on his father's farm, the sorrow in the death of the younger brother, and the ever recurrent joy in the landscape. The influence of Jesse Stuart is recognizable- the appeal will be regional chiefly.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1949
Publisher: Dutton