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Seward, Anna, 1742-1809



Born Dec. 12, 1747, Eyam, Derbyshire, Eng. died March 25, 1809, Lichfield, Staffordshire

English poet and author of a sentimental and poetical novel, Louisa (1784); she was popular in her day because of her rarity value as a woman poet and for her cult of sentiment.

Often called the “Swan of Lichfield,” she became a member there of a literary circle that included William Hayley, Erasmus Darwin, Thomas Day, and Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Her verse was inferior, however, and she embarrassed Sir Walter Scott (with whom she had corresponded) by making him her literary executor.

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Anna Seward poems


Identifier: 00-2010-76-0

Two poems written by Anna Seward: "Address to the River Tweed, on Mr. Scott's Having Chosen His Habitation on Its Banks" dated Lichfield, April 17, 1805; and "The Grave of Youth", undated. These are probably from Lichfield, England

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1805