Anne Killigrew Poems

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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 Accomplised Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686). She was however a skillful 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. She died at age 25 of smallpox. Anne Killigrew is an often overlooked poet and painter who died young and has become immortalized in John Dryden’s Ode to her. Although she only produced one short book composed of 33 poems, three of which are of disputed authorship, she remains a prominent female writer for seventeenth-century literature.

prayer of a soldier in france
My shoulders ache beneath my pack
(Lie easier, Cross, upon His back).

I march with ... [read poem]
Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, sh... [read poem]
the listeners
'Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse ... [read poem]
easter week
(In memory of Joseph Mary Plunkett)

("Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
I... [read poem]
on death
Tell me thou safest End of all our Woe,
Why wretched Mortals do avoid thee so:
Thou gentle... [read poem]
'What is the world, O soldiers?
It is I:
I, this incessant snow,
This nor... [read poem]
brueghel's winter
Jagg'd mountain peaks and skies ice-green
Wall in the wild, cold scene below.
Churches, fa... [read poem]
to a young poet who killed himself
When you had played with life a space
And made it drink and lust and sing,
You flung it ... [read poem]
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