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Elizabeth Vesey


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Elizabeth Vesey : 'Ode'

[Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Vesey, 20 November 1779:] 'A thousand thanks to you, my dear Mrs Vesey, for your charming Ode, which breathes all the spirit of that wild unfettered genius of poetry, that transports the imagination, and touches the heart with a power unattainable by scientific rules, and cold correctness [...] [Miss Sharpe] asked, how I supposed she could think of her breakfast while she was regaling on your Ode. She desires me to tell you, with her love, that she hates you mortally, for your intention of concealing it from us [...] You will be pleased that Miss Sharpe and I agreed at being particularly struck with the same passages in your very charming poem.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Carter      


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