Women Poets of the 19th Century

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Emma Mason

Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century illuminates the importance of the inter-relationship between emotion and religion in women’s poetry of the Romantic and Victorian eras.

Description: This book outlines the lives and works of three popular and influential women poets of the nineteenth century: Felicia Hemans, Dora Greenwell and Adelaide Anne Procter. All three sought to forge a Christian and emotive poetics in order to educate and sensitize their readership, offering a gentle and benevolent reading experience grounded in interpersonal feeling and religious love. This study investigates both the radical potential and possible limits of such a project, one inflected by the poets’ relationships to feeling, variously affectionate, reserved or gushing; and religion, whether dissenting, Anglican, Methodist, Evangelical or Roman Catholic. The study also seeks to situate the poets in their historical and aesthetic moment, examining their diverse interest in figures such as Schiller, Coleridge, Germaine de Staël and Dickens. Underlying all three poets’ work, however, is the profound influence of Wordsworth, figured by them as a literary as well as spiritual guide anchoring their explorations of religion, feeling and poetry.


…this is a timely study and one that simultaneously reflects and furthers current critical interests

                 Year's Work in English Studies


Author:  Mason, Emma

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