British Women Poetry

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Elizabeth Hands, one of the notable women poets of the Romantic Era, satirizes the snobbish nature of the Aristocratic upper class ladies in the English society in her poem entitled "A Poem, on the Supposition of an Advertisement appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant Maid".


Elizabeth Hands, as a poetess, is very much acclaimed for her conversational tone and the use of simple and effective dialogues in her poems and the poem under consideration is one of the best examples for the poetess's effective employment of dialogues. All throughout the poem a conversational tone is maintained and each conversation made by the various characters throws light on their snobbish nature and acts as tools of satire in the poem. The poem has an anapest double rhyme scheme with a hypermetrical light stress and the diction used by the poetess is quite simple and colloquial.
Satire is employed as a powerful weapon in the poem to bring out the follies and the snobbish nature of all the aristocratic ladies who express themselves in the poem. Unabridged (v 1.1) defines satire as "the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc" ("Satire." Unabridged (v 1.1), 2008). The poem begins under the setting where the ladies are assembled together to have their tea. As it was the custom, one of the ladies had to begin one discourse or other, and it was the turn of Mrs. Consequence to initiate the conversation. ...
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