ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Trefusis

(1763 ca.-1808)


A Cornish poet, Elizabeth Trefusis was the daughter of Robert Cotton Trefusis. She was an acquaintance of Anna Seward, Richard Polwhele, and William Beloe, who fictionalized her as the eccentric poet "Ella" in his Sexagenarian (1817) — he had addressed verses to Ella in his Poems (1788). Extravagant charity led Trefusis into financial difficulties before her early death. Her poems "are said to have been previously revised by Mr. W. Gifford" British Critic 32 (1808) 126.


TEXT RECORDS:

1800 ca.To a young Friend, who in early life was thrown into a dangerous Society.
1803XIIIth and LXXVth Sonnets of Spenser modernized.
1807 ca.Eight Sonnets, modernised from Spencer.
1807[Sonnets modernized from Spenser by a Lady of Fashion.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems and tales. 2 vols, 1808.