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Record 196

Reading Experience:

'Communication between these poets and myself was instantaneous. I saw with delighted amazement that all poetry had been written specially for me. Although I spoke - in my back street urchin accents - of La Belly Dame Sans Murky, yet in Keats's chill little poem I seemed to sense some essence of the eternal ritual of romantic love. And Tennyson's "Morte d'Arthur" bowled me over. I read it again and again until I fairly lived in a world of "armies that clash by night" and stately weeping Queens. So the poets helped me escape the demands of communal living which now, at thirteen, were beginning to be intolerable to me'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1928 and 1928
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: a catholic hostel
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:Dorothy Burnham
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1915
Socio-economic group: Servant
Occupation: servant
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Keats
Title: 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Subscription Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 196  
Source - Print  
  Author: Dorothy Burnham
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Through Dooms of Love
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1969
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 174
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Dorothy Burnham, Through Dooms of Love (London, 1969), p. 174,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:



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