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The Poetry of Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

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Letitia Elizabeth Landon was born on 14 August 1802 in Chelsea, London. A precocious child she had her first poem published is 1820 using the single ‘L’ as her marker. The following year her first volume appeared and sold well. She published a further two poems that same year with just the initials ‘L.E.L.” It provided the basis for much intrigue. She became the chief reviewer of the Gazette and published her second collection, The Improvisatrice, in 1824. By 1826, rumours began to circulate that she had had affairs. For several years they continued to circulate until she broke off an engagement when her betrothed, upon further investigation, found them to be unfounded. Her words reflect the lack of trust she felt “The mere suspicion is dreadful as death”. On June 7th 1838 she married George Maclean, initially in secret, and a month later they sailed to Cape Coast. However the marriage proved to be short lived as on October 15th Letitia was found dead, a bottle of prussic acid in her hand. Her reputation as a poet diminished until fairly recently; her work felt to be simplistic and too simply constructed. However when put into context it is more rightly seen as working on many levels and meanings as was needed for those more moral times.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ghizela Rowe

Length:

53m


Chapters

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01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

00:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:54