If one may judge from the heroines of novels like Ann Radcliffe's The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho—which novels very likely were familiar to Louisa—writing poetry and going for solitary walks to view the beauties of nature would not have been uncommon activities for young ladies of the time. See O16 and O16n3 .

Almost all of Louisa's poeticizing is about external nature and prompted by fresh encounters with it.