Felicia Dorothea Hemans, 1793–1835

[Mentioned in Retrospection and Introspection, p. 9, and Miscellany, p. 185]

Felicia Hemans was fourteen when her first poems were published and severely criticized. But in 1819 she won a prize for a poem commemorating the meeting of William Wallace with Robert Bruce on the banks of the Carron. Two years later she won the prize given by the Royal Society of Literature for a poem on Dartmoor.

Mrs. Hemans was born in Liverpool, but her family moved to Wales when she was a child. Although she later lived near Liverpool and in her last years in Dublin near her brother, she loved Wales most. In spite of her secluded life, her poems were widely known both in Britain and in the United States. She was even offered an editorship of a magazine published in Boston, but she declined it.

Signs of the Times
January 26, 1957

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