Reading Experience Database

Basic Search

Advanced Search

Record 26052

Reading Experience:

'In 1809 [Anne Isabella Milbanke] wrote the Lines supposed to be spoken at the Grave of Dermody. It is one of the earliest of her compositions extant [goes on to quote 11 lines from poem, beginning with "Degraded genius! o'er the untimely grave / In which the tumults of thy breast were still'd, / The rank weeds wave...."] [...] These, with some other verses, were sent to Byron for his opinion, in 1812, by Annabella's cousin-by-marriage, Lady Caroline Lamb. He liked the Dermody lines "so much that I could wish they were in rhyme."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1812 and 31 Dec 1812
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:George Gordon Lord Byron
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 22 1788
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Anne Isabella Milbanke
Title: 'Lines Supposed to be Spoken at the Grave of Dermody' and other verses
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 26052  
Source - Print  
  Author: Ethel Colburn Mayne
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella, Lady Noel Byron
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1929
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 12-13
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Ethel Colburn Mayne, The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella, Lady Noel Byron (London, 1929), p. 12-13,, accessed: 25 July 2024

Additional comments:

Source author explains that 'The Irish [poet] Thomas Dermody [...] had drunk himself to madness and death in 1802' (p.12).



Reading Experience Database version 2.0.  Page updated: 27th Apr 2016  3:15pm (GMT)