Irish Romanticism

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This chapter examines the engagement of Irish women poets of the Romantic period with the politics of their age, while also analysing their relationship to their British and Irish literary predecessors and contemporaries. After an introductory section, the essay explores the engagement of Henrietta Battier and Mary Leadbeater with the politics of the 1790s, in particular the Society of United Irishmen and the antislavery movement. It then turns to the post-Union period, and the circle of writers associated with two interrelated families, the Sheridans and the Lefanus, in Dublin, before looking north to the work of two Ulster women poets, Mary Balfour and Anne Lutton. The final section of the chapter considers Louisa Stuart Costello's poetic response to Napoleon’s career, her cosmopolitanism, and her work as a translator.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA History of Irish Women's Poetry
EditorsAilbhe Darcy, David Wheatley
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781108778596
ISBN (Print)9781108478700
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Romanticism
  • 1970s
  • Union
  • Dublin
  • Henrietta Battier
  • Mary Leadbetter
  • Louisa Stuart Costello
  • translation


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