The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld

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9780820315287: The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld

This volume brings together for the first time all the known poems of English writer Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743-1825), a once esteemed but long neglected figure whose career spanned the Age of Sensibility and the Romantic Era. William McCarthy and Elizabeth Kraft have collected 170 of her poems, including twenty-three previously unpublished and eleven conjectural attributions. This is the first scholarly edition of any writings of Barbauld, a brilliant woman whose interests ranged from literary criticism to history and affairs of state to children’s stories. At the end of the eighteenth century, Barbauld may well have been the most eminent living poet, male or female, in Britain.

Barbauld belongs almost equally to two generations. Her verse displays an eighteenth-century adherence to balance, common sense, and poetic diction and meter, but it also celebrates the individual, the passionate, and the fanciful in a clearly Romantic manner. In the current reconfiguring of Romanticism, Barbauld provides an important contrast to the major male poets who have, until recently, defined the era--poets who clearly acknowledged her influence on their own work, yet who played a role in Barbauld’s lapse into obscurity in the century after her death. Coleridge, before a serious falling out with Barbauld, admired her greatly, and Wordsworth confessed that he wished the final eight lines of her poem Life” had been of his own composing. Walter Savage Landor ranked her Summer Evening’s Meditation” among the finest poems in the English language.

Barbauld’s poems have retained their capacity to delight readers; they are witty, learned, imaginative, and unpredictable in both choice and treatment of subject. Read as a whole, this collection reveals a striking variety of style and voice and provides the basis for a major--and long overdue--reevaluation of Barbauld’s poetry. McCarthy and Kraft present unmodernized texts of the poems that reflect as nearly as possible the author’s final intention and give variant readings in textual notes. A lengthy introduction includes a discussion of the poems, a history of their composition and publication, and an outline of Barbauld’s life and writing career.

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William McCarthy is Elizabeth Kraft is a professor of English at the University of Georgia. Among her other books, she is the author of Character and Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century Comic Fiction and coeditor of The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld (both Georgia).

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A Rebuke To Robert Southey
An Address To The Deity
Animals, And Their Countries
The Apology Of The Bishops In Answer To Bonner's Ghost
Autumn
An Autumnal Thought, 1795
The Baby-house
Bouts Rimes In Praise Of Old Maids
Canada
The Caterpillar
A Character
A Character Of John Mort
A Character Of Joseph Priestly
A Character Of Sarah Hallowell Vaughan
Characters: Elizabeth Rigby
Characters: John Aiken
Characters: Martha Jennings
Characters: Mary Holland Enfield
Characters: Mr. And Mrs. Edwards
Characters: Mrs. Fenton
Characters: Sarah Rigby
Characters: Sarah Taylor Rigby
Characters: Susannah Barbauld Marissal
Characters: William Enfield
Constantinople
Dejection
Delia. An Elegy
Dirge
Eclogue On Elizabeth Belsham
Eighteen Hundred And Eleven
Enigma
Enigma. To The Ladies
The Epiphany
Epistle To Dr. Enfield On His Revisiting Warrington In 1789
Epistle To William Wilberforce, Esq. .. Bill Abolishing Slave Trade
Epitaph On Susannah Barbauld Marissal
Epithalamium
Eternity
Extempore On Being Shown Shoe Buckles Worn By David Garrick
The First Fire
Fragment (1)
Fragment (2)
Fragment (3)
Fragment (4)
A Fragment Of An Epic Poem, Occasioned By The Loss Of A Game
The Groans Of The Tankard
Hail Generous Corsica! Unconquer'd Isle
Hymn
Hymn Ix
Hymn To Content
Hymn Vii
Hymn Viii
Hymn X
Hymn Xi
Hymn Xii
Hymn: 1
Hymn: 3. For Easter-sunday
Hymn: 4
Hymn: 5
Hymn: 6. Pious Friendship
In Answer To Question From Greek Grammar: What Futures Speak
India
Inscription For An Ice-house
An Inventory Of The Furniture In Dr. Priestley's Study
The Invitation
The Lament: A Ballad
Lapland
Life [and Death]
Lines On Exodus 3:14
Lines On The Cottage At The Foot Of Box Hill, Surrey
Lines On The Death Of Philip Meadows
Lines Placed Over A Chimney-piece
Lines To Be Spoken By Thomas Denman.....when Four Years Old
Lines To Mr. Wynch On His Forth-fifth Birthday
Lines To Robert Alderson Upon His Departure From Warrington
Lines To Samuel Rogers In Wales On Eve Of Bastille Day 1791
Lines With A Wedding Present
Lines Written At The Close Of The Year
Lines Written In Lady's Album Of Different-coloured Paper
Logogriph
Love And Time
Mock Epitaph On Mr. And Mrs. Estlin
The Mouse's Petition To Doctor Priestly Found In The Trap ..
Ode To Remorse
Ode To Spring
On A Lady's Writing
On A Portrait
On Being Asked If One Was A Number, Reply To Mr. Houghton
On Mrs Priestley's Leaving Warrington
On The Backwardness Of The Spring 1771
On The Birth Of A Friend's Eldest Son
On The Death Of Mrs. Jennings
On The Death Of Mrs. Martineau
On The Death Of The Princess Charlotte
On The Deserted Village
On The King's Illness
The Origin Of Song-writing
Ovid To His Wife: Imitated From Different Parts Of Tristia
Peace And Shepherd
Petition Of A Schoolboy To His Father
The Pilgrim
A Portrait
Prologue To The Man Of Pleasure By John Aiken
Prologue To Drama ..... Anniversary Of Carrs' Marriage
Prologue To The Play Of Henry The Eighth
Reading Lesson
Riddle
A Riddle
Riddles: 1
Riddles: 2
Riddles: 3
Riddles: 4
The Rights Of Woman
A School Eclogue
Solution Of The Charade In The Museum For October
Song For The London Volunteers
Song: 1
Song: 2
Song: 3
Song: 4
Song: 5
Song: 6
Sorrows And Consolations
Stanzas: In The Manner Of Spenser
A Summer Evening's Meditation
Surnames
A Thought On Death
The Times
To -- Occasioned By His Poem On The Sun
To A Dog
To A Friend
To A Great Nation
To A Lady, With Some Painted Flowers
To A Little Invisible Being Who Is Expected Soon To Become Visible
To Baron De Stonne With Aikin's Essays On Song-writing
To Baron De Stonne.....to Find Himself Between
To Dr. Aikin
To Dr. Aikin On His Complaining That She Neglected Him
To Dr. Priestley. Dec. 29, 1792
To Lord Byron
To Miss Dixon
To Miss F. B. On Asking For Mrs. Barbauld's Love And Time
To Miss Kinder, On Receiving A Note Dated February 30th
To Miss Rigby, On Her Attendance Upon Her Mother At Buxton
To Mr. Barbauld, November 14, 1778
To Mr. Barbauld, With A Map Of The Land Of Matrimony
To Mr. Bowring On His Poetical Translations
To Mr. S.t. Coleridge
To Mrs -- Returning Fine Hyacinth Plant After Bloom Is Over
To Mrs. Aikin
To Mrs. Marissal
To Mrs. Priestley, With Some Drawings Of Birds And Insects
To Sarah Taylor
To The Lark
To The Miss Websters, With Dr. Aikin's Wish
To The New Year, 1823
To The Poor
To Wisdom
Tomorrow
The Unknown God
Verses On Mrs. Rowe
Verses Written In An Alcove
Verses Written In The Leaves Of An Ivory Pocket-book
Verses Written On The Back Of An Old Visitation Copy Of Arms
The Wake Of The King Of Spain
Washing-day
West End Fair
Written On A Marble
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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