1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Caroline Norton

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:588.



CAROLINE ELIZABETH SARAH NORTON, grand-daughter of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, was born about 1806; and, on the 30th of July, 1827, married the Hon. George Chapple Norton, son of the Hon. Fletcher Norton, a celebrated Scotch baron of the Exchequer, and brother to the present Lord Grantley. Independently of several miscellaneous pieces in verse, Mrs. Norton is principally known by her two poems of The Sorrows of Rosalie, and Isbal, or the Undying One. The first, though written when she was very young, contains some passages of beauty, but nothing either very striking or original. The Undying One has procured her some reputation, though we think it has been overrated, even by those reviewers who have mixed up a tolerable degree of censure with their praise. We should say, however, that it contains many of the ingredients of poetry, if not poetry itself; and that, considering the age of the fair authoress, whose personal attractions are said to equal her mental abilities, something of a much higher order may be anticipated from her pen than any thing she has yet given to the public.