1855 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Margaret Holford

Sarah Josepha Hale, Woman's Record; or, Sketches of all Distinguished Women (1852; 1855) 845.



MARGARET HODSON, by birth Miss Holford, is very favourably known as a poetess. Her chief work, entitled, "Margaret of Anjou," is a poem in ten cantos, in which the story of this unfortunate Queen is eloquently and graphically told. She has also written "Wallace, or the Flight of Falkirk," and some miscellaneous verses. Her poetical writings display a strong, romantic, vigorous genius, lofty and daring in its flight, and essentially firm and healthy in its constitution. Like Miss Ballie, she finds that simplicity is the truest strength; and she never exhibits the slightest leaning towards the rhapsodical or the sentimental. Her stories are skillfully conducted, and like a thread of gold is the vivid interest which runs through them from the first to the last.