1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Katherine Philips

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 119.



Daughter of Mr. John Fowler, a London merchant, Katherine Phillips (1631-1664) showed a genuine poetical taste and ability. She was a friend of Jeremy Taylor, who addressed to her a Discourse on Friendship. She wrote under the name of Orinda, was praised by Roscommon and Cowley, and had the friendship of many of the eminent authors of her day. She translated two of the tragedies of Corneille, and left a volume of letters, which was published after her death. Her poems were very popular in her lifetime, but their fame has been evanescent.