1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ann Yearsley

Francis Garden, in "The Newspaper" Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1791) 136 & n.



Or Anna Yearseley's admirable note,
Sweet as the warbling of a screech owl's throat.

This is the Bristol milk-woman. Her reception justifies the remark that "Wonder, usually accompanied by a bad taste, looks out only for what is uncommon; and if a work comes abroad under the name of a Thresher, a Bricklayer, or a Lord, it is sure to be eagerly sought after by the million." Introduction to Sheridan's Life of Swift.