It’s Poetry Friday! Tricia is hosting at The Miss Rumphius Effect.
In my OLW research, I discovered Mary Coleridge, a Victorian-era poet and great-great-niece of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and her poem “The Other Side of a Mirror.” From what I’ve found about her online, it appears she published little of her work during her lifetime, never married, and is regarded as one of the best female poets of her time. After her death, her work was published to great praise. Overall, her novels and poems are reputed to be melancholy, to frequently include references to the supernatural, and to defy social conventions of her day.
“The Other Side of the Mirror” is interpreted by some as a contrast between the “angel woman” expected to be on display by proper Victorian women and the “monster woman” she suppresses, a writer who chafes at the cultural belief that creative pursuits are the domain of men. What do you think?