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By K. Ledbetter

Ledbetter explores subject matters and styles of poetry e-book in quite a few women's periodicals released through the Victorian period utilizing flavor, variety and the importance of poetry to strengthen our realizing of women's lives within the 19th century.

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In the poem, the speaker strikes a chord of music as her “fingers wandered idly / Over the noisy keys,” and the chord resounds like a “great Amen,” quieting “pain and sorrow / Like love overcoming strife; / It seemed the harmonious echo / From our discordant life” (36). ” According to Gill Gregory, “These tributes to the power and intensity of affective feeling expressed in Procter’s poetry are interesting when read alongside the general response of her reviewers and friends, who mostly applaud R e pr e se n t i ng Fe m i n i n e Pow e r a n d Wor k 39 her lightness of touch and gentle femininity rather than a more penetrating intensity of expression” (58).

In the English Woman’s Journal (EWJ) of August 1860, an unmarried woman, recently dead, is lifted up as another example of a good Christian woman in “Epitaph on a Solitary Life,” by “F. S. of Boston, Mass”; although she owned no land and had no children, the woman gave much love to many: “Tho’ oft deceived in many a trusted friend, / She hoped, believed, and trusted to the end” (F. S. 397). Suffering served to intensify the woman’s dedication to God, implying the surety of her eternal reward in heaven, and the poem demonstrates 36 B r i t i s h V i c t o r i a n W o m e n ’s P e r i o d i c a l s that one may be excluded from the traditional structure of domesticity and still have a happy life; while the EWJ works to create awareness about women’s issues such as married women’s property laws, the importance of physical training, the new divorce law, and women’s employment in essays elsewhere in the periodical, it challenges notions of domestic ideology in this poem by uplifting women who do not or cannot adhere to its prescribed familial structures, while it supports traditional stereotypes of the humble, charitable woman.

A writer in the September 1844 New Monthly Belle Assemblée (NMBA) claims that “[w]omen are the poetry of the world, in the same sense as the stars are the poetry of heaven. Clear, light-giving, harmonious, they are the terrestial [sic] planets that rule the destinies of mankind; but they are women notwithstanding” (“Women” 183). Regardless of the limited social position prescribed by this author, the article testifies to the power of woman’s domestic role, a central theme in women’s magazines. One example appears in the June 1838 issue of the NMBA, a poem titled “Woman,” by Mrs.

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