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Anna Letitia Barbauld and Eighteenth-Century Visionary Poetics

In this first critical study of Anna Letitia Barbauld's major work, Daniel P. Watkins reveals the singular purpose of Barbauld's visionary poems: to recreate the world based on the values of liberty and justice.

Watkins examines in close detail both the form and content of Barbauld's Poems, originally published in 1773 and revised and reissued in 1792. Along with careful readings of the poems that situate the works in their broader political, historical, and philosophical contexts, Watkins explores the relevance of the introductory epigraphs and the importance of the poems' placement throughout the volume.

Centering his study on Barbauld's effort to develop a visionary poetic stance, Watkins argues that the deliberate arrangement of the poems creates a coherent portrayal of Barbauld's poetic, political, and social vision, a far-sighted sagacity born of her deep belief that the principles of love, sympathy, liberty, and pacifism are necessary for a secure and meaningful human reality. In tracing the contours of this effort, Watkins examines, in particular, the tension in Barbauld's poetry between her desire to engage directly with the political realities of the world and her equally strong longing for a pastoral world of peace and prosperity.

Scholars of British literature and women writers will welcome this important study of one of the eighteenth century's foremost writers.

About the Author

Daniel P. Watkins is professor of English at Duquesne University and author of Sexual Power in British Romantic Poetry, A Materialist Critique of English Romantic Drama, and Social Relations in Byron's Eastern Tales.

Reviews

"Watkins makes an utterly convincing case for why Barbauld is so much more important as a poet and thinker than is typically appreciated, and why a close and systematic study of the complex volume Poems has so much to teach us."—Stephen C. Behrendt, author of British Women Poets and the Romantic Writing Community

"Watkins makes a solid case for treating Barbauld as a major poet."—Choice

"Watkin's own vision of Barbauld, presented in Anna Letitia Barbauld and Eighteenth-Century Visionary Poetics, is a useful one. His detailed exploration of the intellectual and visionary scope of Barbauld's poetry will no doubt have a significant impact on the way in which this still underappreciated writer is subsequently viewed."—Claire Knowles, European Romantic Review

"Daniel Watkins's Anna Letitia Barbauld and Eighteenth-Century Visionary Poetics makes a convincing case for reading Barbauld's published volumes as volumes, rather than as atomized poems . . . It is a bold claim, but one borne out by the quality of Barbauld's poetry."—The Year's Work in English Studies

"Watkins's work offers a remarkable guide to [Barbaul's Poems], and a fine celebration of Barbauld's distinctive political and poetic intellect."—The Year's Work in English Studies

"Thoughtfully engaging with major trends in critical perspectives on female poetics, Watkin's goal, explored in his introduction, is to enlarge our discussions of women's writing in the period. . . This, indeed, is the great strength of his discussion of Barbauld as visionary and as poet: he seeks to bring out the allusive richness of each poem while remaining alert t the larger aims of the volume as a whole."—Felicity James, Modern Language Review

"... Watkins is the reader Barbauld deserves."—Harriet Kramer Linkin, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

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