Anna Laetitia Barbauld
Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems
- A Summer Evening's Meditation 'TIS past! The sultry tyrant of...
- The Caterpillar No, helpless thing, I cannot harm thee now; ...
- For Easter Sunday Again the Lord of life and light Awakes ...
- Autumn Farewell the softer hours, Spring's opening blush And...
- Epistle To William Wilberforce... Cease, Wilberforce, to ...
- Eighteen Hundred And Eleven Still the loud death drum, ...
- A Thought On Death When life as opening buds is sweet, And ...
Anna Laetitia Barbauld was a prominent English Romantic poet, essayist, and children's author.
A "woman of letters" who published in multiple genres, Barbauld had a successful writing career at a time when female professional writers were rare. She was a noted teacher at the Palgrave Academy and an innovative children's writer; her primers provided a model for pedagogy for more than a century. Her essays demonstrated that it was possible for a woman to be publicly engaged in politics, and other women authors emulated her.Even more important, her poetry was foundational to the development of Romanticism in England. Barbauld was also a literary critic, and her anthology of... more »
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A Summer Evening's Meditation
'TIS past! The sultry tyrant of the south
Has spent his short-liv'd rage; more grateful hours
Move silent on; the skies no more repel
The dazzled sight, but with mild maiden beams
Of temper'd light, invite the cherish'd eye
To wander o'er their sphere; where hung aloft
DIAN's bright crescent, like a silver bow
New strung in heaven, lifts high its beamy horns
Impatient for the night, and seems to push
Her brother down the sky. Fair VENUS shines
Even in the eye of day; with sweetest beam
Propitious shines, and shakes a trembling flood
Of soften'd radiance...