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Charlotte Smith * She was married at age sixteen, and she bore and reared ten children. * She began writing to earn money when her husband was sent to debtor’s prison. Her book of poems, Elegiac Sonnets (1784), was so popular that it eventually went through eleven editions. * It also influenced major Romantic poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, as well as the Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. * Smith’s poems presage the Romantic Era both in their preoccupation with self analysis and in their focus on nature and natural beauty * Although Smith continued to write poetry after the success of her first book, this work did not by itself provide sufficient income for her family, so she
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Unformatted text preview: took up writing novels * She published over twenty books * However, critics considered her novels too political for a woman and disparaged her belief in the moral equality of the social classes. Thus, although her writing was highly regarded by major writers and was popular enough to produce an income sufficient to support a family of eleven, her work eventually fell into obscurity. “Pressed by the Moon …” • What does the word “pressed” mean here? • Why does the speaker fell oppressed by the moon? • What does the poem say about a woman’s life in this time?...
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