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Record 12622

Reading Experience:

'I read several elegies today, two of Shore the one on the death of his wife, the other on the loss of his child. His tale of woe is expressed in the most moving and natural fashion, and though you greatly admire the poet yet you must yield to the soft and sympathising composition of the widowed Husband and childless father. It is not so when you read Lord Littleton's complaint on his Lady's death, the poetry is beautiful but less natural, less moving. He boasts with his grief, and indulges himself some digressions which show his extended knowledge but are not natural, I think, to a mind wholly occupied with despair'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 24 Nov 1796
Country: Italy
Time: daytime
Place: city: Porto Ferrajo
county: Elba
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Eugenia Wynne
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1780
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Catholic
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Italy
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Henry Lyttelton
Title: [probably] A Monody to the Memory of lady Lyttelton. Written in the Year 1747
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12622  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Anne Fremantle
  Title: The Wynne Diaries
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1937
  Vol: II
  Page: 134
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Anne Fremantle (ed.), The Wynne Diaries (London, 1937), II, p. 134,, accessed: 18 April 2024

Additional comments:



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