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While male Romantics were exalting natural and classical subjects, what women Romantic...

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maythroughgood | College Teacher | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 5:45 AM via web

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While male Romantics were exalting natural and classical subjects, what women Romantic texts feature domestic subjects or symbols?

i.e. While Wordsworth and Coleridge were exalting natural subjects and landscapes and Byron and Keats and Shelley focused on classical subjects such as the hero, the femme fatal, or a mythological figure, I was wondering if women poets might be using more common-place subjects.  What specific women's poems feature domestic subjects or symbolism?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 19, 2012 at 6:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Letitia Elizabeth Landon would be one possibility for this project. Her work was immensely popular during her lifetime, and then rapidly declined in popularity, but recently feminist critics have begun to take interest in her. Her domestic imagery can be found in ‘Children’ (rather general and abstract poem about children as innoncent and sensitive). ‘Girl At Her Devotions’ starts with a scene of a girl praying and then continues to generalities about love.    You could argue for tyhe description of the clothing of ‘Juliet After The Masquerade’ as domestic.

Felicia Dorothea Hemans is well known for her domestic themes. ‘The Homes of England’ is one of her best known works. I think she might be the best woman poet for your project.


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