Alfred H. Miles, ed. Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.
BESIDES the women poets represented in the foregoing pages there are several who may conveniently find here the only reference possible in this edition. These are Lady Charlotte Elliot, who published Medusa, and Other Poems in 1878. This volume contains verse of high quality in some variety. The poems Medusa and The Son of Metaneira show unmistakable power in the handling of classical themes and in the command of musical measures. Both poems evidence subtlety of imagination and elevation of feeling delicately expressed in sustained and resonant verse. Rosebud and Ragweed, a pathetic story of child life, shows the poets power of easy versification in a different form. Darkness after Dawn, a London reverie, is an example in a different vein, and shows occasionally, like some others of the poets verses, more vigour in thought than in expression. One is reminded in this connection of the lines in Lefroys sonnet, Art that Endures (vol. vii. Poets and Poetry, XIXth Century):
C. Amy Dawson, author of Sappho, an epic of much poetical force and strength in blank verse, and Idylls of Womanhood (1892); a series of poems in various measures, treating of A Womans Ethics, A Womans Love, Womans Wit, A Womans Vengeance, A Womans Faith, and A Womans Sin. Certainly a high performance. Besides these the late Amy Levy, author of Xantippe, and Other Verses (1881), A Minor Poet, and Other Verses (1884), A London Plane-Tree, and Other Verses (1889), and several works of fiction, of which Reuben Sachs (1888) is the most important; Miss Sarson C. J. Ingram, author of Selinas Story (1875), and Caedmons Vision (1882); Miss Elizabeth Rachel Chapman, author of The New Purgatory, and Other Poems (1887); Miss May Probyn, author of Poems (1881), A Ballad of the Road, and Other Poems (1883), Once, Twice, Thrice, and Away, a novel (1878), and other works of fiction; Frances Wynne, author of Whisper! (poems) (1890); Alice Furlong, author of Roses and Rue; the anonymous author of Songs of Lucilla; Lady Margaret Sackville, author of Hymn to Dionysus; the authors of Hand in Hand, verses by a mother and daughter (Mrs. Kipling and Mrs. Flemming); Lady Egerton, the author of The Lady of the Scarlet Shoes, and Miss Elizabeth Gibson, are all worthy of more extended reference than can be given here.