ism introduced her to a vibrant intellectual community in Cambridge, and at a fairly young age she became a central figure in a social circle that included George Ripley
, William Henry Channing
Julia Ward Howe
Many critics praised the poems' raw emotional power. Ednah Dow Cheney
, the only female reviewer, commented on their galvanic effect on the reader, and likened Howe to Robert Browning
Williams, Gary. Hungry Heart. U Massachusetts Press, 1999.