List of early-modern women poets (UK)

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This is an alphabetical list of female poets who were active in the United Kingdom before approximately 1800. Nota bene: Poetry is the focus of this list, though many of these writers worked in more than one genre.

See also


  • Backscheider, Paula, and John Richetti, eds. Popular Fiction by Women, 1660-1730: An Anthology. Oxford: OUP, 1996.
  • Blain, Virginia, et al., eds. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1990.
  • Buck, Claire, ed.The Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature. Prentice Hall, 1992.
  • 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.
  • Todd, Janet, ed. British Women Writers: a critical reference guide. London: Routledge, 1989.

External links

  • 17th Century Women Poets Biographical and bibliographical information on selected poets
  • British Women Romantic Poets An electronic collection of texts for the period (1789–1832).
  • The Brown University Women Writers Project Emphasis is on pre-Victorian women writers.
  • A Celebration of Women Writers A major focus of this site is the development of on-line editions of older, often rare, out-of-copyright works.
  • Emory Women Writers Resource Project A collection of texts by women writing from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century.
  • List of biographical dictionaries Collectively, the resources at this site provide information about any 17th-century British women writer one could imagine.
  • Luminarium An online Anthology of English Literature
  • A Time-Line of English Poetry from Old English to Post Modern
  • Representative Poetry Online Includes an index of 4,079 English poems by 618 poets, with bibliographies and literary criticism.
  • Romantic Circles, a refereed scholarly website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture.
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