Strickland Gillilan

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Strickland Gillilan

Strickland Gillilan (1869–1954) was an American poet and humorist. He is most famous for the poem The Reading Mother, which remains a popular poem on Mother's Day. He is also recognized as the author of Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes, said to be the shortest poem ever written.[1] Much of his work is public domain and is often reproduced in greeting cards.


  1. ^ Shapiro, Fred R. (2006). Yale Book of Quotations. Yale University Press. p. 310. ISBN 978-0-300-10798-2.

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