Charlotte Turner Smith: Poems


Stuart Curran, the editor of Smith's poems, has written that Smith is "the first poet in England whom in retrospect we would call Romantic".[4] She helped shape the "patterns of thought and conventions of style" for the period. Romantic poet William Wordsworth was the most affected by her works.[4] He said of Smith in the 1830s that she was "a lady to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered".[5] By the second half of the 19th century, Smith was largely forgotten.[4]

Smith's novels were republished again at the end of the 20th century, and "critics interested in the period's women poets and prose writers, the Gothic novel, the historical novel, the social problem novel, and post-colonial studies" have argued for her significance as a writer.[1] They looked to the contemporary documentation of her importance, discovering that she helped to revitalize the English sonnet, a fact recognized by Coleridge and others. Scott wrote that she "preserves in her landscapes the truth and precision of a painter" and poet and Barbauld claimed that Smith was the first to include sustained natural description in novels.[1]

It was not until 2008 however, that Smith's entire prose collection became available to the general public. The edition contains each novel, the children's stories and rural walks.

{ I think this might be the citation referred to here. The Works of Charlotte Smith. Volumes I-V by Charlotte Smith; Stuart Curran; Michael Gamer; Judith Stanton; Kristina Straub Gary Kelly Keats-Shelley Journal Vol. 56, (2007), pp. 222–224 Published by: Keats-Shelley Association of America, Inc. Article Stable URL: }

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