The Dublin Review (essay date 1836)
SOURCE: "Life and Writings of Mrs. Hemans," in The Dublin Review, Vol. 2, No. 3, December, 1836, pp. 245–75.
[In the following excerpt, the author reviews Hemans's writings in the context of the then just-published Memorials collected by Henry Chorley, which the reviewer rejects as too trivializing of Hemans as a poet.]
It is to the causes to which we have here adverted, rather, perhaps, than to any special inclination in the genius of the writers themselves, that we must attribute the particular form under which the great body of our recent poetry has appeared. In the absence of that encouragement, which gave birth to poetical ventures of greater length,...
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