1853 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Susanna Blamire

Frederic Rowton, in Female Poets of Great Britain (1853) 237.



Susanna Blamire (1747-1794) whose poetry was so highly esteemed in her own day that she was styled "the Muse of Cumberland," was the daughter of William Blamire, Esq., a gentleman of station and repute in the county named; where she was born in 1747. Losing her mother when she was only seven years of age, she was early thrown upon her own mental resources: and she for some years gave herself completely up to her studies. That her application was effectual, we find from the fact that at the age of nineteen, and even before, she wrote some very excellent poems. She died at Carlisle in 1794: her writings, however, were not published in a collected form for some years.

The characteristics of Miss Blamire's poetry are considerable tenderness of feeling, very gracefully expressed, and a refined delicacy of imagination, which, whilst it never thrills, always pleases. Her poem called "The Nabob," which describes the return of an Indian adventurer to the home of his youth, is a very affecting and delightful production. Her songs, though not without marks of elaboration, display great simplicity and force of feeling.