Faëry Font Friday

Ok, so this is a total cheat. Today’s Font Friday is “font” as in “fountain”: in this case, a font created and guarded by faeries. I came across the poem when I was looking for font-related words that start with “f,” and I thought it was interesting.

The untitled poem is from the Knickerbocker, a literary magazine of New York City from 1833 to 1865. (Knickerbocker was a term for Manhattan aristocracy at the time.) Contributors to the magazine included such authors as William Cullen Bryant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and many others.

The poem is a syrupy paean to the chaste, wholesome love of “Edward” for “Emma,” as contrasted with the seductive lure of a faery woman. Kind of a raw deal for the faery woman as Edward may have secured Emma’s love by praying at the faery font/shrine. Overtly sexual women don’t deserve love, clearly. Whatever. I’ll be over here with my Good Vibrations variety pack, reading trenchant political commentary and eyeshadow tips in Teen Vogue, and eating Christopher Elbow chocolates.

Knickerbocker, Or, New-York Monthly Magazine, Volume 46 (July, 1855)

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