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Record Number: 16418


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Elizabeth Barrrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 22 July 1837: 'I am sure I ought to be proud of my verses ["Victoria's Tears," about Queen Victoria's weeping during the Accession Proclamation on 21 June] finding their way into a Belford Regis newspaper! The young Queen is very interesting to me -- & those tears [...] are beautiful & touching to think upon. Do you remember Lord Byron's bitter lines [...] '"Enough of human ties in royal breasts! Why spare men's feelings when their own are jests?" 'They have never past from my memory since I read them. There is something hardening, I fear, in power [...] But our young Queen wears still a very tender heart! and long may its natural emotions lie warm within it!'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1823 and 22 Jul 1837

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Elizabeth Barrett

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

6 Mar 1806

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Title:

The Age of Bronze

Genre:

Poetry, Politics, Arts / architecture

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1823

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

16418

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1985

Vol:

3

Page:

261

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence, (Winfield, 1985), 3, p. 261, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=16418, accessed: 03 June 2023


Additional Comments:

Source eds note that lines from Byron (Age of Bronze, 765-764) slightly misquoted; see p. 263 n.10.

   
   
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