1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Katherine Philips

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 211.



MRS. KATHERINE PHILIPS, wife of James Philips, Esq., of the Priory of Cardigan. Her maiden name was Fowler. She died of the small-pox, in her thirty-third year. The matchless Orinda, as she was called, cannot be said to have been a woman of genius; but her verses betoken an interesting and placid enthusiasm of heart, and a cultivated taste, that form a beautiful specimen of female character. She translated two of the tragedies of Corneille, and left a volume of letters to Sir Charles Cotterell, which were published a considerable time after her death. Jeremy Taylor addressed to her his Measures and Offers of Friendship, and Cowley, as also Flatman, his imitator, honoured her memory with poetical tributes.