Transcending the Cosmos in “A Summer Evening’s Meditation”

“A Summer Evening’s Meditation” is a poem by Anna Letitia Barbauld that was published in 1773. The poem details the expansive thoughts of the speaker who is reflecting and philosophizing upon a summer evening’s sky. In this poem, Barbauld carries readers through the cosmos for a transcendental experience with her poetic stylization and by use … Read moreTranscending the Cosmos in “A Summer Evening’s Meditation”

Wollstonecraft, Barbauld, and the Proto-Feminists

The Romantic period was one marked by turmoil and deep unrest within England. The morality of the slave trade was questioned, the Industrial Revolution deepened the rift between the working class and aristocracy, and the French Revolution was on the rise in France, drawing the attention of those in England who felt oppressed. In the … Read moreWollstonecraft, Barbauld, and the Proto-Feminists

A Masterful Mouse and a Wise Woman: The Female Figure of Wit in Hannah Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem and Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s The Mouse’s Petition to Doctor Priestley Found in the Trap where he had been confined all Night

“[Wit] means something pithy, penetrating, profound, aptly and forcefully expressed (and by extension, someone who is apt to speak in this way)” (Palmer 136). The female figure of wit was widely unaccepted in 18th and 19th century Britain. It was considered impolite or improper in these times for females to express witty sentiments in their … Read moreA Masterful Mouse and a Wise Woman: The Female Figure of Wit in Hannah Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem and Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s The Mouse’s Petition to Doctor Priestley Found in the Trap where he had been confined all Night

Anna Barbauld’s “Eighteen Hundred and Eleven”

Divisions within Barbauld’s Eighteen Hundred and ElevenAnna Barbauld’s Eighteen Hundred and Eleven demonstrates Romantic-era Cosmopolitanism’s promotion of a global consciousness and transnational empathy. Cosmopolitan theory emerged as a result of Napoleon’s growing power, English imperialism and the development of a global economy. This theory, however, is marked by the limitations and stereotypes of the time, … Read moreAnna Barbauld’s “Eighteen Hundred and Eleven”

Defamiliarization in the “The Definition of Love” by Marvell and “Washing Day” by Barbauld

The art of poetic depiction of daily actions and familiar objects has become one of the most unique, especially with the development of such technique as defamiliarization. This stylistic technique has become popular due to its ability to depict typical objects from an unusual angle. That is why today it is possible to find a … Read moreDefamiliarization in the “The Definition of Love” by Marvell and “Washing Day” by Barbauld