Anna Seward - early 19th Century

from Letter from Anna Seward to Walter Scott, Esq., 10 July 1802, pages 37–38:

Perfectly am I aware of the magical power of associated ideas, of whose relative connection we are sometimes anxious, but oftener, as you admirably observe, are unable to trace, or define it. Those pleasurable sensations are especially linked to verses, and to musical airs, and most forcibly when verse and music have, in union, seized upon our attention during seasons of happiness. Many a silly song, with which my ear had been familiar in my childhood and rising youth, does at this hour, on recurrence, act upon my nerves with great luxury of sensation, though I do not …   more >>

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Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Walter Scott, Esq., 10 July 1802. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 6 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 37–38. accessed: 20 June, 2024


Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

Listening to

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Songs with which she was familiar in her youth

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century
Medium live

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:33:39 +0100
Approved on Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:04:58 +0100