The poetry on these pages isn’t what would be considered excellent examples of literary genius. Instead, the poetry of Free Methodist women reflects their passion for faith and social justice issues of their time period. In Emma Ray and Eliza Suggs writings you see their passion about temperance. In Clara Leffingwell’s poetry you see her love of God and her zeal for ministry. In the poetry written in remembrance of Free Methodist women who have passed away you see the sorrow of their friends and colleagues and the impact these women had on the Free Methodist Church. So, as you read what early Free Methodist women wrote think of it as a snap shot into a period we no longer live in. After all, how many of us even attempt to write poetry today? At least give these women credit for trying….