The forest sanctuary, 1825
Among the most ambitious and impressive of Hemans's poems, The Forest Sanctuary follows in accomplished Spenserian stanzas the thought-processes of a sixteenth-century Spanish Protestant forced to emigrate to the forest of North America. In doing so it takes us close to the author's private grief, so often source of her imaginative poetry. With The Forest Sanctuary are published her Lays of Many Lands, offered as a series in imitation of Herder, and showing an extraordinary emotional range and diversity of metre and rhythm.
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