1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Tighe

Felicia Hemans, 1831; Memorials of Mrs. Hemans, ed. Chorley (1836) 2:210-11.



Amongst other persons of the party was Mr. Henry Tighe, the widower of the poetess.... He had just been exercising, I found, one of his accomplishments in the translation into Latin of a little poem of mine, and I am told that his version is very elegant. We went to the tomb, "the grave of a poetess," where there is a monument by Flaxman: it consists of a recumbent female figure, with much of the repose, the mysterious sweetness of happy death, which is to me to affecting in monumental sculpture. There is, however, a very small Titania-looking sort of figure with wings, sitting at the head of the sleeper, and intended to represent Psyche, which I thought interfered wofully with the singleness of effect which the tomb would have produced: unfortunately, too, the monument is carved in a very rough stone, which allows no delicacy of touch. That place of rest made me very thoughtful; I could not but reflect on the many changes which had brought me to the spot I had commemorated three years since [The Grave of a Poetess, in Records of Woman], without the slightest idea of ever visiting it; and though surrounded by attention and the appearance of interest, my heart was envying the repose of her who slept there.