In The Blythes Are Quoted, Montgomery rewrites her characters and makes Anne a poet, says Lefebvre. Montgomery weaves in 41 of her own poems and assigns the bulk of them to Anne, who apparently wrote these at various stages of her life — at the death of Matthew Cuthbert, while teaching school in Avonlea, attending university in Kingsport and on the eve of her wedding to Gilbert. “Montgomery is adding to Anne's personality and to what we know about Anne’s life and creativity.”
excerpt from The Portico article
Benjamin Lefebvre received his M.A. in English from the University of Guelph and his Ph.D. from McMaster University. He now lives in Waterloo and teaches part-time at Laurier Brantford. His next book, The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print, will be published by University of Toronto Press in October 2013.