On the Expected General Rising of the French Nation

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, read by Denise Riley


On the Expected General Rising of the French Nation

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, read by Denise Riley


Poem introduction

Anna Barbauld embraced radical and dissenting opinion. This one is written in 1792 out of her furious sympathy with the ambitions of the new French Revolution. Her poem mentions the peculiar figure of Briareus, a militant giant in Greek mythology who had hundreds of arms.

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