List of early-modern women poets (England, Wales, and Great Britain)

This is an alphabetical list of female poets who were active in England and Wales, and the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland before approximately 1800. Nota bene: Authors of poetry are the focus of this list, though many of these writers worked in more than one genre.

Wroth, Sonnet 7, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
The seventh sonnet of Mary Wroth's Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, from a manuscript in Wroth's own hand, c. 1620.


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Lonsdale, Roger, ed. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology. Oxford University Press, 1989.
  2. ^ a b Stevenson, Jane, and Peter Dyer, eds. Early Modern Women Poets (1520-1700): An Anthology. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  3. ^ Squire, J.C. Preface. A Book of Women's Verse. Clarendon Press, 1921. Accessed June 2, 2022.
  4. ^ Burke, T. (Ed.). (2003). Eighteenth-Century English Labouring-Class Poets: 1780-1800 (1st ed.). Routledge.
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Tipper." Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge UP.


  • Blain, Virginia, et al., eds. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1990. (Internet Archive)
  • Buck, Claire, ed.The Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature. Prentice Hall, 1992. (Internet Archive)
  • Greer, Germaine, ed. Kissing the Rod: an anthology of seventeenth-century women's verse. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1988.
  • Lonsdale, Roger ed. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
  • Robertson, Fiona, ed. Women's Writing, 1778–1838. Oxford: OUP, 2001. (Internet Archive)
  • Schlueter, Paul, and June Schlueter. An encyclopedia of British women writers. Rutgers University Press, 1998. (Internet Archive)
  • Todd, Janet, ed. British Women Writers: a critical reference guide. London: Routledge, 1989. (Internet Archive)

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