1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Hunter

Anonymous, in Edinburgh Magazine 8 (March 1821) 266.



Miss Home, when she became Mrs. Hunter, had in in her power to display her uncommonly good taste, both in her household arrangements, and in the selection of her society, which comprehended many individuals in the upper classes noted for intelligence and virtue. Indeed, few could exert, with a better grace, those powers which add a charm to the usual attractions of society. To great beauty she added no less grace and considerable powers of conversation; her manners were easy and polished, and her talents varied and cultivated. She sung and played admirably well, and had a talent for poetry, chiefly exerted in producing songs, which were very much admired for a refinement and delicacy of thought and expression, of which she set the example, that class of writing being then pretty much limited to either passionate or witty and ingenious songs, with the exception of those convivial strains that are often better forgotten. The smooth versification and pure taste of Mrs. Hunter's lyrics made them for some time very popular, and a volume of poems which she published in 1806 partook of the same character.