Encapsulating a wide variety of approaches, Romanticism was triggered by such invaluable poets as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a harsh protest and revolt against the mechanical representation of life owing to the outcomes of the Age of Enlightenment. Though human experience was one of the core points of the Romantic Tradition, omission of female experience as well as the obstacles related to the patriarchal societies remained unsolved. Shedding light on female issues, Felicia Dorothea Hemans stands out among other poets and poetesses as a challenging one, for she both abuses the principles of Romanticism and subverts them in the best way, especially in her poem, Indian Womans Death Song. Before analysing the poem, some traits of Romanticism, especially according to Wordsworth, will be elaborated on so as to get a better understanding of Hemanss argument about the feminine issues of the period. After the Wordsworthian definition of the Romantic Tradition, Hemanss poem will be analysed as a product of Romanticism so as to resist against the accustomed way of representing the female issues. The study, thus, aims to evince Hemanss success in benefiting from Romanticism in order to challenge it.
Keywords: Romantic Period, female representation, Felicia Hemans, Indian Womans Death Song, patriarchal society.