J is for jovialist

For someone whose life was three-times defined by tragedy, poet Susanna Blamire was a joyful woman whose love for life was infectious.  Refusing to be subdued by her mother's early death, her humiliation in love and her chronic illness, she wrote critically acclaimed poems and songs, pinning them to the trunk of a tree for passers-by to read.   Today she is described as the poet of friendship and unquestionably the greatest female poet of the Romantic age.

Meet the muse of Cumberland in the Beneath the Beacon exhibition.