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Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Individual Item Contents: WPRP 162

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Author

Robinson, Mary (1758-1800).

Title

Monody to the memory of the late Queen of France. By Mrs. Mary Robinson.

Imprint

London : printed by T. Spilsbury and So; and sold by J. Evans; and T. Becket, 1793.

Physical description

pp.[2],27. With an engraved frontis. port. 4to. Disbound.

Call number

WPRP 162 OVERSIZE

Citation

Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p. 277. Lonsdale, Eighteenth Century Women Poets, p.470.

Bio

A poem on the death of Marie Antoinette, and on the French Revolution generally. Mrs. Robinson's early life involved a great deal of notoriety. As an actress she attracted the attention of the 17-year-old Prince of Wales, and as "Perdita" became mistress to his "Florizel." After a year the Prince lost interest, and L5000 was paid for the return of his love letters. Mrs. Robinson then turned to writing poetry and novels, and proved adept in her new profession. "Her later verse can be vigorous and socially aware, perhaps under the influence of Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, whom she knew in the 1790s." Lonsdale.

Notes

VERY FRAGILE.

Includes Advertisement.

A poem on the death of Marie Antoinette, and on the French Revolution generally.

Epigraph

Illustration with caption and epigraph:
 
Venient Legiones quce neque me inultam,
neque vos impunitos patiantur.
 
Tacit
 
TRUE DIGNITY is his, whose tranquil mind
VIRTUE has rais’d above the things below;
WHO, ev’ry HOPE and FEAR to HEAV’N resigned,
Shrinks not, though FORTUNE aims her deadliest blow.
 
BEATTIE’S MINSTREL, BOOK II.

Online copies

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Contents

No Contents page. Includes:

MONODY TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE QUEEN OF FRANCE

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