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Mathilde Blind was one of the leading poets of the later nineteenth century; her burning sense of political and social injustice runs like a unifying thread through her work. Her poetry combines great beauty of sound and image with vigorous narrative, delineation of character, emotional expressiveness, and engagement with intellectual ideas. It ranges from long narrative or philosophical poems to songs and sonnets. She also wrote journalism, translation, literary criticism, biography, and a novel. Much of her work is instinct with reforming and feminist opinion, reflecting the influence of George Eliot, George Sand, and especially Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
21 March 1841 MB was born at Mannheim in Germany, the younger of two children. Bibliographic Citation link.
Between 1855 and 1858 MB and her schoolgirl friends at the Ladies' Institute in St John's Wood collaborated in writing poetry, a periodical, and even novels. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 18 May 1889 MB celebrated the theory of evolution in The Ascent of Man. With Other Poems; the title piece is her most ambitious poem. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
26 November 1896 MB died at 96 Belgrave Road, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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