1853 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Frances Brooke

Frederic Rowton, in Female Poets of Great Britain (1853) 155.



Frances Brooke was the daughter of a clergyman named Moore, residing in Devonshire, and wife of the Reverend J. Brooke. She was born in 1745, and died in 1789. Mrs. Brooke was the author of the operettas entitled Rosina and Marian; both of which are very elegant and pleasing productions. Besides these she wrote some novels, plays, and poems, which are now forgotten. Mrs. Brooke's verses have a spirit, a clear, sparkling, living style, which is very delightful. The following song from Marian sounds like the shout of a clear merry voice ringing in the open morning air.