Poetic Sisters : Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, Paperback / softback Book

Poetic Sisters : Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets Paperback / softback

Part of the Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850 series


In Poetic Sisters, Deborah Kennedy explores the personal and literary connections among five early eighteenth-century women poets: Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; Elizabeth Singer Rowe; Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford; Sarah Dixon; and Mary Jones.

Richly illustrated and elegantly written, this book brings the eighteenth century to life, presenting a diverse range of material from serious religious poems to amusing verses on domestic life.

The work of Anne Finch, author of "A Nocturnal Reverie," provides the cornerstone for this well informed study.

But it was Elizabeth Rowe who achieved international fame for her popular religious writings.

Both women influenced the Countess of Hertford, who wrote about the beauty of nature, centuries before modern Earth Day celebrations.

Sarah Dixon, a middle-class writer from Kent, had a strong moral outlook and stood up for those whose voices needed to be heard, including her own.

Finally, Mary Jones, who lived in Oxford, was praised for both her genius and her sense of humor.

Poetic Sisters presents a fascinating female literary network, revealing the bonds of a shared vocation that unites these writers.

It also traces their literary afterlife from the eighteenth century to the present day, with references to contemporary culture, demonstrating how their work resonates with new generations of readers.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 328 pages, 12 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
  • ISBN: 9781611485943

Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops