To celebrate, I’m sharing some lines from Hannah More’s 1786 text The Bas Bleu: or, Conversation, which I go back to over and over again in my research. In it, More celebrates conversation as central to friendship, curiosity and female knowledge, specifically the Bluestocking Circle.
So, not only good for World Poetry Day, but Women’s History Month too!
“Enlighten’d spirits! you, who know
What charms from polish’d converse flow
Speak, for you can, the pure delight
When kindred sympathies unite;
When correspondent tastes impart
Communion sweet from heart to heart”
Plus, it was a great excuse to share this silhouette of Hannah More, which I love. It was by Augustin Edouart in 1827. (Courtesy NPG London, NPG 4501).
You can find The Bas Bleu here if you’d like to read more.