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Anne Isabella Milbanke


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Anne Isabella Milbanke : 'Lines Supposed to be Spoken at the Grave of Dermody' and other verses

'In 1809 [Anne Isabella Milbanke] wrote the Lines supposed to be spoken at the Grave of Dermody. It is one of the earliest of her compositions extant [goes on to quote 11 lines from poem, beginning with "Degraded genius! o'er the untimely grave / In which the tumults of thy breast were still'd, / The rank weeds wave...."] [...] These, with some other verses, were sent to Byron for his opinion, in 1812, by Annabella's cousin-by-marriage, Lady Caroline Lamb. He liked the Dermody lines "so much that I could wish they were in rhyme."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Manuscript: Unknown


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