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Elegaic Sonnets and Other Poems

  • Elegaic Sonnets and Other Poems

Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1807) was an 18th Century poet and novelist who achieved success in her day. Her popularity was mainly due to her ‘gothic’ novels, but her lasting fame comes mainly from her poetry. She was admired by Wordsworth for her revival of the sonnet and in the 1790s became a friend of the poet William Cowper. The revolutionary impact of Wordsworth and Coleridge at the beginning of the 19th century somewhat dimmed interest in the late 18th century poets, who in some respects laid the groundwork for the Romantic poets. Charlotte Smith’s poems are very accomplished and worth the attention of all poetry readers. This edition of her poetry is designed to bring her to modern attention.

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