Excerpt from The Poets and Poetry of the Nineteenth Century: Joanna Baillie to Jean Ingelow
Has befallen them. They have been described as the best ever written by a woman - and this praise (which is far from inordinate) they probably deserve. They show considerable invention... ; the blank verse is not Without dignity, and the heroines are grace fully drawn. It is not, however, by her dramas that Joanna Baillie will live. It is by her lyrics. Where is the woman-poet of our days who could write such a rousing, hearty lyric as The Chough and Crow to roost are gone, the song of the outlaw from Orra, Act Scene i.
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