The Amelia Alderson Opie Archive
1808 The Warrior's Return and Other Poems
Poetical Register, 6 (1807): 541.*


In the writings of Mrs. Opie there is an unaffected elegance, a graceful simplicity, which cannot fail to charm every reader of taste.  She never, like the painter who not being able to make his Venus beautiful was determined to make her fine, hides a poverty of thought under profusion of tawdry ornament.  Still less, if possible, does she imitate those persons who present to us an idiot in rags, as a specimen of native grace and proper decoration.  We sincerely hope that, in the course of our labours, we shall have frequent occasion to bear testimony to her merits.


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