ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Finch

(1661-1720)


Anne Finch was the third child of Sir William Kingsmill. After the death of her parents she became maid in waiting to the Mary, wife of the Duke of York, afterwards James II. In 1684 she married Colonel Heneage Finch, gentleman of the bedchamber to James. After the Revolution the Finches settled in Eastwell Park, Kent, the family estate which Finch inherited from his nephew, along with the title of Earl of Winchelsea, in 1710. Among her circle of acquaintances were Elizabeth Rowe, Alexander Pope, and Jonathan Swift. Wordsworth praises her poetry in his Essay Supplementary to the Preface (1815).


TEXT RECORDS:

1713Fanscomb Barn. In imitation of Milton.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Tunbridge prodigy. 1706.
The spleen, a pindarique ode. By a lady. Together with A prospect of death: a pindarique essay. 1709.
Free-thinkers: a poem in dialogue. 1711.
Miscellany poems, on several occasions. 1713.
Poems, ed. Myra Reynolds. 1903.
Poems, ed. J. M. Murray. 1928.