Tuesday, May 21, 2013

News at Eleven: Elizabeth [Parkyns] beats about

the bush rather less in a poem of her own. 'The following lines', she scratches out in grammarless riposte, 'were composed upon reading a Poem written by a friend on his leaving England saying he could love but one'. The reference is to Byron's poem 'Stanzas to [Mrs Musters] on Leaving England', first published in 1809. No Middleton frisson for Elizabeth Parkyns: she subverts the concept of the commonplace book as sexually sublimated reliquary of 'little treasures' and lobs Byron, and us, a long-range literary grenade.

from The Spectator: Taking revenge on wicked Lord Byron


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