1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Finch

George Coleman and Bonnell Thornton, Poems by Eminent Ladies (1755) 2:286.



ANNE, COUNTESS of Winchelsea, was daughter of Sir William Kingsmill, of Sidmonton, in the county of Southampton. She married Heneage, second son of Heneage Earl of Winchelsea; who, upon the death of his nephew Charles, succeeded him in the title of Earl.

This Lady was of an excellent genis, especially in poetry. One of the most considerable of her poems is the Ode on the Spleen, which was universally admired at its first publication, and gave occasion to a poem by the famous Mr. Nicholas Rowe. Mr. Pope wrote a copy of verses to this Lady, to which she returned an answer, which is not inserted among her works, but is here printed.

She died, without issue, August 5, 1720.