The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.
“Tell me a story, dear, that is not true”: Love, Historicity, and Transience in A. Mary F. Robinson’s An Italian Garden
Through a poetic voice compelled to recognize that individual desire is often not reciprocated and that love entails great risk that is itself ennobling, Robinson explores the nature of love that is selfless in that one gives oneself to another, yet selfish in that one comes to need a totality of love not possible in a finite context. Paradoxically, then, love evokes both pleasure and pain.
Over the next couple of pages I will briefly indicate four areas or modes of research which in my opinion are offering, and will continue to offer, rich and worthwhile opportunities for scholars who work in my area of the larger field, Victorian literary studies – ‘literary’ in this essay encompassing anything to do with writing.
Though Pitt was remarkable for the length of his tenure of office and for his youth when first appointed – he became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four and only Sir Robert Walpole held office for a longer period – it is not our intention to suggest that he was in any way a unique phenomenon in the history of political versifying.