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Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Individual Item Contents: WPRP 98

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Author

West, Jane (1758-1852).

Title

The Mother: a poem, in five books.

Imprint

London : Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1809.

Physical description

Half title. Rebound in half calf, marbled boards.

Call number

WPRP 98

Citation

Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p. 365; Jackson, Annals of English Verse, p. 330; Todd, Dictionary of British and American Writers, p. 319; CBEL, III, 772.

Notes

Jane West was a novelist and poet. Her poems were largely inspired by Gray, and her prose writings by a hatred of the new ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft and her school.

Epigraph

See a fond mother encircled by her children: with pious tenderness she
looks around, and her soul even melts with maternal love. One she kisses on the
forehead, and clasps another to her bosom. One she sets upon her knee, and finds
a seat upon her foot for another. And while, by their actions, their lisping words,
and asking eyes, she understands their various, numberless little wishes, to these
she dispenses a look; a word to those; but whether she smiles or frowns, `tis all in
tender love.
 
From the Italian of Vincenzio Da Filicaja, translated by Richardson.

Online copies

Hathi Trust

Contents

Includes Introductory Sonnet.

 

Book I. --

INFANCY

1

Book II. --

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

43

Book III. --

EDUCATION

83

Book IV. --

SEPARATION FROM CHILDREN

121

Book V. --

MATERNAL SORROWS

167