1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

Alexander Dyce, in Specimens of British Poetesses, selected and chronologically arranged (1827) 343.



ANNA LAETITIA BARBAULD, born 1743, died 1825, was the daughter of the Rev. J. Aikin, D.D., by whom she was carefully instructed in classical literature, and sister of the late Dr. Aikin, in association with whom some of her works were written. She married the Rev. Rochemont Barbauld. In 1772 she gave to the world a volume of Poems, which was received with great applause, and passed through several editions. It displayed the variety of her powers, — in light and graceful Songs, — in Odes, no unhappy imitations of the lyric strains of Collins, — in Blank verse, remarkable for elevation of thought and manner, — in Hymns, &c.

Of Mrs. Barbauld's talents, Charles James Fox used to speak with admiration, and her Songs he had got by heart.