Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology

Eighteenth century women poets: an Oxford anthology is a poetry anthology edited by Roger Lonsdale and published in 1989 by the Oxford University Press. In the introduction, Lonsdale notes that while the featured writers may have flourished, to one degree or another, during the eighteenth century, by the time he came to collect their work, many of them had "disappeared from view."[1] Scholars since have credited Lonsdale's "unprecedented"[2] work for opening up new avenues for teaching and research. The collection comprises three hundred and twenty-three separate poems by one hundred and seven different poets, fifteen of whom remain anonymous. The entries are arranged chronologically, and each includes a biographical note.

Eighteenth century women poets: an Oxford anthology
AuthorRoger Lonsdale
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
Publication placeUnited Kingdom
Media typeprint
Pagesxlvii, 555 pages; 23 cm
LC ClassPR1177.V47 1989

Poets represented



  1. ^ Introduction, xxi.
  2. ^ Review by B. Kowaleski-Wallace, American Library Association
  3. ^ Author of "Cloe to Artimesa", 1720, pp. 83–84.
  4. ^ Author of "On a Gentleman's complaining to a Lady that he could not eat Meat, owing to the Looseness of his Teeth", 1775, pp. 336–338.
  5. ^ Author of "On being charged with writing incorrectly", "A letter to my Love.— All alone, past 12, in the Dumps," and "To my Love," 1734—1735, pp. 145–149.
  6. ^ Author of "A Tour to the Glaciers of Savoy", 1796, pp. 495–499.
  7. ^ Author of "To My Niece, A.M. With a new Pair of Shoes", 1774, pp. 322.
  8. ^ Author of "An Epithalamium", 1731, pp. 116–117.
  9. ^ Author of "Woman's Hard Fate", 1733, pp. 136.
  10. ^ Author of "The Domestic Philosopher", 1758, pp. 251–253.
  11. ^ Author of "The Self-Examination" and "The Visit," 1773, pp. 296–299.
  12. ^ Author of "On Meeting —— —— Esq., in St. James Park", 1783, pp. 338–340.
  13. ^ Author of "On my own little Daughter, Four Years old", 1798, pp. 506–507.
  14. ^ Author of "[A Rebuke to Robert Southey]", 1799, pp. 507–509.
  15. ^ Author of "Snaith Marsh. A Yorkshire Pastoral", 1754, pp. 244–246.
  16. ^ Author of "The Humble Wish", 1726, pp. 105.
  17. ^ Author of "The Gentleman's Study", 1732, pp. 129–134.


  • Lonsdale, Roger, ed. Eighteenth century women poets: an Oxford anthology. OUP, 1989. Open access from the Internet Archive.