1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Katherine Philips

John Keats to John Hamilton Reynolds, 21 September 1817; Works, ed. H. Buxton Forman (1901) 4:31-32.



These Devils are a set of Women, who having taken a snack or Luncheon of Literary scraps, set themselves up for towers of Babel in Languages, Sapphos in Poetry, Euclids in Geometry, and everything in nothing. The thing has made a very uncomfortable impression on me. I longed from some real feminine Modesty in these things, and was therefore gladdened in the extreme on opening the other day one of Bailey's books — a book of poetry written by one beautiful Mrs. Philips, a friend of Jeremy Taylor's, and called "the matchless Orinda." You must have heard of her, and mostly likely read her Poetry — I wish you have not, that I may have the pleasure of treating you with a few stanzas — I do it at a venture.