Who is Anne Killigrew

Anne Killigrew (1660–1685) was an English poet. Born in London, Killigrew is perhaps best known as the subject of a famous elegy by the poet John Dryden entitled To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686). She was however a skilful poet in her own right, and her Poems were published posthumously in 1686. Dryden compared her poetic abilities to the famous Greek poet of antiquity, Sappho. Killigrew died of smallpox aged 25.

Early life and inspiration Anne Killigrew was born in early 1660, before the Restoration, at St Martin's Lane in London. Not much is known about her mother Judith Killigrew, but her father Dr. Henry Killigrew published several sermons and poems as well as a play called The Conspiracy. Her two patern...
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Anne Killigrew Poems

  • On The Soft And Gentle Motions Of Eudora
    Divine Thalia strike th' Harmonious Lute,
    But with a Stroke so Gentle as may sute
    The silent gliding of the Howers,
    Or yet the calmer growth of Flowers; ...
  • Upon A Little Lady
    Under the Discipline of an Excellent Person.
    I.
    How comes the Day orecast? the Flaming Sun
    Darkn'd at Noon, as if his Course were run? ...
  • First Epigram: Upon Being Contented With A Little
    1 We deem them moderate, but Enough implore,
    2 What barely will suffice, and ask no more:
    3 Who say, (O Jove) a competency give,
    4 Neither in Luxury, or Want we'd live. ...
  • On My Aunt Mrs. A. K.
    Drown'd under London-bridge, in the Queens Bardge, Anno 1641


    The Darling of a Father Good and Wise, ...
  • The Second Epigram
    On BILLINDA.
    Wanton Bellinda loudly does complain,
    I've chang'd my Love of late into disdain:
    ...
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Soul 10 I Love You 10 Love 10 Beauty 9 Great 9 Bright 9 Never 8 Alone 8 Noble 8 Heaven 8


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  • Feinsteinken: why do i constantly post these letters by anne killigrew neville, henry neville's wife? because the works of shakespeare feature highly literate women. that reflects the life experience of the author himself.
  • Feinsteinken: lower actually signed this letter as neville's "kinsman". the relationship was through anne killigrew neville's family. i like facts.
  • Feinsteinken: here is a letter from anne killigrew to thomas windebank. someone named elizabeth windebank owned a first folio. was she the elizabeth parkhurst married to thomas' great grandson?
  • Feinsteinken: here is the beginning of a letter anne killigrew neville wrote to robert cecil while her husband was in prison. i've highlighted the latin. shakespeare-wrote-shakespeare erases her.
  • Feinsteinken: thomas hoby's wife elizabeth cooke (lady russell) was the aunt of henry neville's wife anne killigrew neville. henry neville's mother and grandmother were godmothers to her daughter elizabeth. this is from hoby's diary.
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The Little Black Boy
 by William Blake

My mother bore me in the southern wild,
And I am black, but O! my soul is white.
White as an angel is the English child:
But I am black as if bereav'd of light.

My mother taught me underneath a tree
And sitting down before the heat of day.
She took me on her lap and kissed me,
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