Rather ironically although today this is Radcliffe's most famous novel, in her lifetime it wasn't, and nor was her masterpiece, 'The Italian'. I see from some of the American reviews that they are claiming that there is no poetry here, but I think these reviews may have been taken from another version and cross posted by Amazon, as this edition does contain the poetry. I haven't as of yet got out my treebook version of this, or my book of just the poetry from this to double check, but I think all the poetry is here.
Thanks to Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
this particular book has become extremely well known, despite the fact that lots of people haven't read it. If this is your first time reading this then I should caution you, this is a loose baggy affair and in today's world this would probably be 'tightened' up, although in the case of this it would take something away from this, possibly some of the charm. Quite a few people do describe this as 200 pages of excitement, with 500 pages of boredom, and this does have a lot of descriptive writing, as well as poetry in it. This is a gothic romance, but it is also much more than that, it contains mystery and adventure, just for starters.
There are a lot of cliff hangers and 'hooks' here that will hopefully keep you interested and wanting to read more. Ann Radcliffe's husband was scared to read this alone, but I don't think that this would be the case these days as it is quite tame. If you are into or just getting into original gothic literature, then Radcliffe's novels are a must read.