With her, a representative of the "Siuru" ("Bluebird") literary movement, as with most of her contemporaries and successors (up to the "Arbujad"/"Logomancers", or "Magicians", school of poets, emerging in the late 1930s and including Betti Alver, Heiti Talvik, Uku Masing, Bernard Kangro, August Sang), it appeared to be the case of a newborn literary self-consciousness establishing itself in a language which few had earlier taken seriously as a medium of belles-lettres.
The heritage of that period, throned by Marie Under and later also by Betti Alver (1906-1989), is uniquely and unapologetically national.
Supplied with Harris's foreword, the anthology consists of samples from folk poetry and Kalevipoeg, the leading poetic figures of the first national awakening (Lydia Koidula, 1843 1886, Karl Eduard Soot, 1862 1950), through the solitary Juhan Liiv (1864 1913) and the orientally meditative Ernst Enno (1875 1934) to representatives of the first (Gustav Suits, Marie Under, Henrik Visnapuu) and second generations (Heiti Talvik, Betti Alver, Bernard Kangro) of the Western-oriented currents of poetry, concluding with the promising new diction of Arved Viirlaid.
The English translations, representing the same poets, Gustav Suits, Marie Under, Heiti Talvik, Betti Alver, Uku Masing, and Aleksis Rannit, with the exclusion of two others, were done at some period in the 1960s while Oras was living in exile and working at foreign universities.
It includes poems by Marie Under, Betti Alver, Uku Masing, Bernard Kangro, Kalju Lepik, Jaan Kaplinski, Paul-Eerik Rummo and Juhan Viiding, along with a few others.