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Amelia Earhart’s Favorite Poem

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Update for On the Second of July, Her Plane Fell in the Ocean Far Away:

Underwood & Underwood, Washington, photographer, for The United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division, Studio portrait of Amelia Earhart, c. 1932Ever since Amelia Earhart’s 2009 biopic Amelia, we know through the adorable Hilary Swank’s performance what a lovable person Amelia Earhart was. Since the haunting Ms. Swank has won even two Oscars as Best Actrice, we cannot believe her performance a word.

The Academy of American Poets, alive and dangerous since 1934, just featured from their archives, on the occasion of Earhart’s 118th birthday, a letter, which founder Marie Bullock received from her, on the occasion of a letter survey in 1936.

There was time when print magazines used to molest celebrities with postal surveys a lot. Of course, the Academy’s question was about poetry. Questionably, they were trying to draw a perfectly peachy keen aviatrice into poetical matters. At least, we finally get to know Amelia Earhart’s New York address in 1936, less than one year before her disappearance, less than two years before her declared death in absentia, and best of all, we finally get evidence from her own private mail what a poised and lovable person she was.

Seeing her admit to love poetry, but refuse expertise in four compelling friendly sentences on a tidily typed postcard format, and you know why Ms. Earhart, declared dead at age 41, still is called a grande dame.

——— Amelia Earhart to Marie Bullock, May 8th, 1936:

Amelia Earhart
2 West 45th Street,
New York City,
May 8, 1936

My dear Mrs. Bullock:

Your letter of April 21 asking for a „favorite“ poem forces the confession from me that I do not have the kind of mind which can select such a one. Of course, certain verse appeals to me more than some other. Still, I should feel a traitor to my personal definition of beauty if I picked a few lines to cherish above all the rest.

Please forgive me for not complying with your request.

Sicerely yours,

Amelia Earhart

Your letter asking me for a favorite poem forces the confession from me… A letter from Amelia Earhart, in honor of her birthday today, to our founder Marie Bullock, Academy of American Poets, July 24th, 2015

Second best of all, this is the occasion to feature one of my all-time favorite songs — written one day after Ms. Earhart’s disappearance and the first one ever performed on commercial television —, not claiming any expertise in aviation, biography, or Country music.

A few lines to cherish: Freakwater: Amelia Earhart,
from: Feels Like the Third Time, 1994:

1.: Just a ship out on the ocean, just a speck against the sky,
Amelia Earhart flies in her plane.
With her partner, Captain Noonan, on the second of July,
her plane fell in the ocean far away.

Chorus: There’s a beautiful, beautiful field,
far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landing to you, Amelia Earhart,
farewell, first lady of the air.

2.: Half an hour later, when her SOS was heard,
her signals weak, but still her voice was brave.
In shark-infested waters her plane went down that night
in the blue Pacific to a watery grave. — Chorus.

3.: Now you heard my story of this awful tragedy,
We pray that you might fly home safe again.
In years to come, though others blaze a trail across the sea,
we’ll not forget Amelia in her plane. — Chorus.

Pacific Aviation Museum, Amelia Earhart in Hawaii, 1935

Images: Amelia Earhart via Academy of American Poets: Letter to Marie Bullock, July 24th, 2015,
Underwood & Underwood, Washington, for The United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division: Studio portrait of Amelia Earhart, c. 1932. Her husband George P. Putnam specifically instructed Earhart to disguise a „gap-toothed“ smile by keeping her mouth closed in formal photographs;
Pacific Aviation Museum: Amelia Earhart in Hawaii, 1935.

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Written by Wolf

7. August 2015 um 00:01

Veröffentlicht in Land & See, Novecento

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