Elsie Cole; poetess.
In a 109-minute talk on the poetry of Elsie Cole, at the meeting of the Poetry Society on Friday, Dr Souter said he had been told that this poetess did not like being
labelled "Nature Poet." It was true that a number of critics and reviewers were addicted to that sort of classifying, in such manner as to suggest that a "'Nature Poet" could write of nothing but Nature, and a "sea poet" of nothing but the sea, and so on. No wonder Elsie Cole ob- jected, because, as all her readers knew, she had equal facility in writing on a great variety of widely differing themes. Yet through all her work appeared evidences of that rare gift for projecting herself into the personality of her subject. She could think like a monk or a maiden, an anemone, or a handful of sand. Re- ferring to the authoress's new book, "Children of Joy," the speaker said that this very universality of outlook and com- prehensive view of the associations of all Nature with human mentality had first drawn the attention of thonghtful readers to the work which culminated in this fine collection of poems.