Letitia Landon: The Improvisatrice and Other Poems

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Laetitia Elizabeth Landon’s “The Improvisatrice” was first published in an 1824 volume entitled, The Improvisatrice; and Other Poems. It was Landon’s second volume, put forth after she had spent several years writing verse for the Literary Gazette under the moniker “L. E. L.” The book was so popular as to go through six editions that very year, and it affirmed Landon as a dominant voice in popular literary culture during the 1820s and 1830s. The title poem painted a landmark picture of the improvising, heartfelt woman poet, one which subsequently had a large effect on other women’s poetry, including Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh (1856), Felicia Hemans’ “Properzia Rossi” (1828), not t…

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Singer, Katherine. "The Improvisatrice and Other Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 November 2012
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