Mary Robinson's work has begun again to assume a central place in discussions of Romanticism. A writer of the 1790's--a decade which saw the birth of Romanticism, revolution, and enormous popular engagement with political ideas--Robinson was ...
acknowledged in her time as a leading poet. Her writing exhibits great variety: charm, theatricality, and emotional resonance are all characteristics Robinson displays. She was by turns a poet of sensibility, a poet of popular culture, a chronicler of the major events of the time, and a participant in some of its chief aesthetic innovations. This long-awaited collection is the first critical edition of her poems.