ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Bentley

(1767-1839)


Elizabeth Bentley was born in Norwich, the only daughter of Daniel Bentley, a cordwainer who taught her to read before his death when she was fifteen. She began writing poetry at the age of seventeen, and a successful subscription was undertaken for her by the Rev. John Walker of Norwich, enabling her Bentley publish her poems in 1791 and to open a school with the proceeds. An ode to Admiral Nelson appeared in 1805, and two later collections of poems in 1821 and 1835.


TEXT RECORDS:

1790Ode to Content.
1791Lines, addressed as a Tribute of Gratitude to the Subscribers in General.
1791Ode to Autumn.
1791Ode to Chearfulness.
1791Ode to Pleasure.
1791Ode to Solitude.
1791Ode to Tranquility.
1793Ode to War.
1801On the Return of Peace and Plenty.
1821Ode to Melancholy.
1821Ode to Mirth.

PUBLICATIONS:

Genuine poetical compositions on various subjects. 1791.
An ode on the glorious victory over the French and Spanish fleets, on the 21st of October, 1805, and the death of Lord Nelson. 1805.
Poems: being the genuine compositions of Elizabeth Bentley. 1821.
Miscellaneous poems; being the genuine compositions of Elizabeth Bentley of Norwich. 1835.