Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835)

Read by Eva Mühlbacher, Modern and Medieval Languages, 2013

Felicia Dorothea Hemans (25 September 1793 – 16 May 1835) was an English poet.  First published in August 1826 the poem Casabianca (also known as The Boy stood on the Burning Deck) by Felicia Hemans depicts Captain Louis de Casabianca and his 12-year-old son, Giocante, who both perished aboard the ship Orient during the Battle of the Nile.  The poem was very popular from the 1850s on and was memorized in elementary schools for literary practice.  Other poetic figures such as Elizabeth Bishop and Samuel Butler allude to the poem in their own works.


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