1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Bradstreet

Alexander Dyce, in Specimens of British Poetesses, selected and chronologically arranged (1827) 55.



The tenth Muse, lately sprung up in America, or Several Poems, compiled with great variety of wit and learning, full of delight; wherein especially is contained, &c. ... also a Dialogue between Old England and New, concerning the late troubles, with diverse other pleasant and serious poems. By a gentlewoman in those parts. London, 12mo, 1650. Is the production of Anne Bradstreet.

The writer of the preface informs us, that he has published the volume without her knowledge, being apprehensive that her poems, of which "divers had gotten some scattered papers," might be sent into the world in an imperfect state. He also tells us, "these poems are the fruit but of some hours curtailed from her sleep and other refreshments."

Philips in the Theat. Poet. gives the title of her work, the memory of which, he says, is not yet wholly extinct.