Anne Killigrew Background

Anne Killigrew Background

The poem To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew, published in 1686, is an elegy written by John Dryden in the memory of Anne Killigrew, a British poet who lived between 1660 and 1685.

Even if Anne Killigrew is probably best known for being a subject in one of Dryden’s odes, she was a poet and a painter, her poems being published after her death in 1686 by her father.

Anne Killigrew came from a wealthy family and thus received and education fit for a lady from her time, studying most likely the Bible, the Greek mythology and philosophy, elements witch can be seen in her poems.

Dryden uses his ode to praise Anne Killigrew, references being made to her beauty, virtue, and talent. Dryden was one of Anne’s admirers and praised her literary aptitude, comparing her to Sapho, a Greek writer commonly regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets in antiquity.

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