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Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, A Poem.

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Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, A Poem.

By Anna Laetitia Barbauld


Britain had been at war with France for a decade and was on the brink of losing the Napoleonic Wars, when Barbauld presented her readers with her shocking Juvenalian satire. She argued that the British empire was waning and the American empire was waxing. It is to America that Britain’s wealt…

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