1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

T., in "On the Female Literature of the present Age" New Monthly Magazine 13 (March 1820) 274.



Mrs. Barbauld, like Mrs. More, excels chiefly in prose. She is one of the most elegant of modern essayists. The justice, the wisdom, and the beauty of her Essay on the Folly of Inconsistent Expectations, cannot be praised too highly. Without in the least overstepping the fit limits of ornament in prose, she often gives a pleasure nearly similar to that excited by exquisite poetry. Her hymns for children breathe a tenderness which Christianity so divinely inspires for "those little ones."