Full Text

Wallis, Hannah


Subject Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405156691.2011.x


Extract

Wallis, Hannah (active 1787), poet, known only from a single volume, The Female's Meditations; or, Common Occurrences Spiritualized, in Verse , which was printed at her own expense in 1787. She was then evidently living in London. The book contains some 85 short poems, mostly in simple ballad or lyric meters. A verse preface disclaims any benefit from education. It might be deduced from the contents that she grew up in Essex, that she had lost most of her family by 1787, and that she was unmarried. Among the poems are a prayer of thanksgiving for the preservation in 1786 of George III from his would-be assassin, Margaret Nicholson (1750?–1828); pieces on courtship, marriage, and death; several pieces located precisely in Bond Street or St. James's Park; and others lamenting vices such as alcohol, profane swearing, and wife-beating. Some describe journeys in the countryside. Virtually all the poems “spiritualize” their subjects by an automatic recourse to God's love and wisdom: thus “On the Balloon being steer'd by Eagles, which was to have gone off from Ranelagh-Gardens” contrasts the hazards of ballooning with the safety of God's support. The volume was dismissed as “Methodist” in tendency by The *Monthly Review in March 1789. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:

 

     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Your library does not have access to this title. Please contact your librarian to arrange access.


[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top