At the risk of taking us very far afield,
indeed, I might remind us of the work of Julia A. Moore, "Sweet
Singer of Michigan," whose "A Sketch of Lord Byron's Life" might
well be worth including in a course exploring attitudes toward
the Byronic hero. Julia A. Moore has usually been the butt of
ironic admiration when not the occasion of outright hilarity, but
especially in our present political jungle, the ambivalences
(several, at a quick count) of her expressions on Byron may seem
surprisingly apt. The poem is too long to post here, but some
sample verses might show the reasons for tracking it down:
Well, I got carried away and could not resist the whole. I have no idea whether Julia A. Moore gets proper credit for inventing the use of "scare quotes" but she certainly should. I assume their presence here is, at least in part, an expression of her strong republican values. I copy this from a 1900 issue of the Cornhill Booklet, but as near as I can tell from the editorial comments, the poem would have been published in 1878. I also note that there is an edition of Moore's works (Mortal Remains: The Complete Poetry, Prose and Songs of Julia A. Moore, the Sweet Singer of Michigan is published by Michigan State University Press, edited by Thomas J. Riedlinger; previous edition 1928) so anyone who wishes to enjoy her elegy for "William House and Family," all of whom died of smallpox or her response to "The Great Chicago Fire." By the way, though I may have been quilty of a couple of typos (including just here -- quilty instead of guilty), there should be a comprehensive [sic] with the poem, since I have reproduced her spelling and punctuation as it appears in the Cornhill.
2 March 1998
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