1851 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

David Macbeth Moir, in Sketches of the Poetical Literature of the Past Half-Century (1851; 1852) 12.



Anna Seward, yclept the Swan of Litchfield, was the Sappho of that era of ribbons and gumflowers, and a fitting one for such a Juvenal as Hayley, and such a Lucretius as Darwin. She wrote with fluency, and poured out a cataract of verse. Her elegies on Captain Cook and Major Andre, from the interest attached to the subjects, and the kind of electro-galvanic animation which characterized her compositions, attracted general attention, and ran successfully the round of popularity.