By Ann Hawkshaw
‘The gathered Works of Ann Hawkshaw’ brings jointly Hawkshaw’s 4 volumes of poetry and republishes them for the 1st time. Debbie Bark’s biography, advent and notes spotlight Hawkshaw’s most vital poems and suggest connections with extra canonical works along which her writing may be productively seen. Hawkshaw’s writings were mostly ignored because the early 20th century, yet this new quantity reaffirms their skill to provide an excellent perception into the altering political and non secular panorama of the Victorian period.
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W. Langlands, Dionysius the Areopagite: A Tragedy (London: Elliot Stock, 1910). 1842 3 celebrate the wonders of a God who, as she points out in ‘The Past’, ‘spread / The vault of heaven gave it a thousand hues, / And strewed the very ground on which we tread / With tinted cups, to hold the evening dews’, and who has ‘spread the sky / With sparkling gems’. In these poems Ann’s upbringing in a family of religious dissenters, and her position as the wife of an engineer whose work brought her into contact with some of the leading scientists and innovators of the day, come together in a narrative perspective that looks to accommodate intellectual and scientific progress with a deeply held faith.
John Evans reviews ‘Dionysius the Areopagite’, with Other Poems and Poems for My Children in his survey of regional writers, Lancashire Authors and Orators (1850). See also note 10 for Samuel Bamford’s response to the collection. 2 The Areopagus was the highest judicial court in ancient Athens. 2 The Collected Works of Ann Hawkshaw subjectivity with Hawkshaw’s polemic interjections as the poem’s (female) narrator and the introduction of female characters in Corinna, Myra, Mycale and the priestess, and the dramatic emphasis placed on the relationship between them.
Druid’ OED). Baal: the chief male deity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations (n. ‘Baal’ OED). Phoenicians: native or inhabitants of Phoenicia, an ancient country consisting, in the 8 The Collected Works of Ann Hawkshaw And in the forests of the west, That cast their shadows o’er the breast Of deep Ontario’s lake, or wave By many an Indian hunter’s grave, Rise the green mounds of earlier time;17 The work of nations, who are dead, Past like the leaves the winds have shed. And still on Grecian hills and plains Are roofless temples, priestless fanes, All beautiful; as though decay But touched them with a pencilled ray: So autumn skies give colours bright To forests which they come to blight.
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