Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive
The Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive — ECPA — is a collaborative digital archive and research project devoted to the poetry of the long eighteenth century. ECPA builds on the electronic texts created by the Text Creation Partnership from Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).
- browse authors by names, dates of birth, or gender;
- browse works ( text versions) by titles, first lines, themes, or genres;
- view high-quality digital facsimiles of select source editions of the texts used by ECPA;
- use the built-in digital tools to augment the close reading process of individual poems;
- contribute and share textual notes and glosses, readings and interpretations, observations and suggestions, via easy-to-use forms (just click on any line or word);
- use the collaborative potential in the classroom to increase student engagement with the texts;
- use the resources (chronology, gallery, and bibliography) to enhance your studies.
ECPA is currently released in beta and is being constantly updated. Follow ECPA on Twitter to be kept informed of developments. Upcoming enhancements include:
- increasing the number of authors and works represented (currently in preparation: Christopher Smart, George Crabbe);
- closer integration of the analytical layers (analysis view) supporting the close reading process (coming September 2017).
Works in ECPA
- And, though after my Skin, Worms destroy this Body, yet in my Flesh shall I see God, Job 19. 26. ()
- The ATHENIANS ()
- The Athenians Answer, to the Foregoing Poem. ()
- The Athenians Answer. ()
- The Athenians Answer. ()
- The Athenians Answer. ()
- By Dispair. ()
- THE Expostulation. ()
- THE FABLE of PHAETON Paraphrased From OVID's METAMORPHOSIS. ()
- A Farewel to LOVE. ()
- THE Female Passion, ()
- THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH: A POEM ()
- HUMANE LOVE: ()
- On Mrs. Rebecka. ()
- PARAPHRASE ()
- Paraphrase on Cant. 5. 6. &c. ()
- Paraphrase on Canticles, 7. 11. ()
- Paraphrase on Malachy 3. 14. ()
- Paraphrase on Micha. 6. 6, 7. ()
- Paraphrase on Revel. chap. 1. from v. 13. to v. 18. ()
- A Paraphrase on the CANTICLES. ()
- Parthenea, an ELEGY. ()
- A Pastoral Elegy. ()
- A Pastoral on the QUEEN. ()
- A PASTORAL. ()
- Pharaphrase on John 21. 17. ()
- A Pindarick POEM on HABBAKUK. ()
- A Pindarick, to the Athenian Society. ()
- Platonick Love. ()
- A POEM Occasioned by the report of the Queens Death. ()
- A Poetical Question concerning the Jacobites, sent to the Athenians. ()
- The RAPTURE. ()
- The Reflection. ()
- The Reply to Mr. — ()
- A SONG. ()
- Thoughts on Death. ()
- To a very Young Gentleman at a Dancing-School. ()
- TO CELINDA. ()
- To Madam S— at the Court. ()
- To Mr. — — on his POEM. ()
- TO Mrs. MARY FRIEND; Knowing her but by Report. ()
- To my Lady CARTERET. ()
- To one that perswades me to leave the Muses. ()
- TO ORESTES. ()
- TO Sir CHAREES SEDLEY. ()
- TO STREPHON. ()
- To the Honourable Mrs. E— Stretchy. ()
- To the same Gentleman. ()
- Upon King William's passing the Boyn, &c. ()
- The Vanity of the World, In a Poem to the Athenians. ()
- Verses written by Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe, on her drawing the Lord Boyle's Picture. ()
- The Vision. To Theron. ()
- THE WISH, IN A POEM TO THE ATHENIANS. ()
- Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696. ,72,69,p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)
- Poems on Several Occasions. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735. lx, 290,p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)
- The Miscellaneous Works in Prose and Verse, of Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe: Published by her Order, By Mr. Theophilus Rowe. To which are added, poems on several occasions, by Mr. Thomas Rowe. And to the Whole is prefixed, An Account of the Lives and Writings of the Authors. ... . The fifth edition, corrected. To which is added, The history of Joseph, a Poem in Ten Books. Volume 2. London: Printed for J. Buckland, G. Keith, W. Nicholl, G. Pearch, and H. Gardner, M.DCC.LXXII., 1772. 2v.,plate: port.; 12⁰. (ESTC T92681)
Elizabeth Singer was born at Ilchester, Somerset, the eldest of the three daughters
of Walter Singer (d. 1719), a dissenting minister who later became a prosperous clothier, and his wife
Elizabeth, née Portnell. After the death of his wife, Walter Singer and the children
moved to Eggford Farm at Frome, Somerset, in about 1692. Elizabeth enjoyed a comprehensive
education, her interests in music, painting, and literature were encouraged by her
father. She began writing and publishing poetry at an early age. From 1691 she contributed
poems to John Dunton's periodical The Athenian Mercury under the pseudonym "Philomela". These verses were collected as Poems on Several Occasions. Written by Philomela, published by Dunton in 1696. She continued to publish in periodicals, and new devotional
works appeared in Divine Hymns and Poems on Several Occasions … by Philomela, and several other ingenious
persons (1704) and its second edition, A Collection of Divine Hymns and Poems (1709). Matthew Prior and Isaac Watts were among her early admirers. In 1710 she married
Thomas Rowe (1687-1715), a writer and biographer, and moved to Hampstead. Their marriage
was happy but brief, after a long illness Thomas Rowe died of consumption on 13 May
1715, aged 28. Elizabeth Rowe went back to her father's house in Frome, where she
lived for the rest of her life. Her elegy
On the death of Mr Thomas Rowe was published by Bernard Lintot in Poems on Several Occasions (1717), and was admired by Alexander Pope. Her Friendship in Death: in Twenty Letters from the Dead to the Living (1728), dedicated to Edward Young, was a sequence of short visions of the afterlife. She also published three volumes
of Letters Moral and Entertaining (1729-1733), which were frequently reprinted. Her last work was The History of Joseph (1736), an eight book (posthumously ten book) poem in heroic couplets based on biblical
narratives. Elizabeth Rowe died on 20 February 1737, aged 62, of apoplexy in Frome
and was buried in her father's grave in Rook Lane Congregational Church. Her Devout Exercises of the Heart in Meditation and Soliloquy, Prayer and Praise was edited by Watts in 1738. The Miscellaneous Works in Prose and Verse of Mrs Elizabeth Rowe was published by Robert Dodsley from manuscript verse, letters, and other family papers in two volumes in 1739.
Marshall, Madeleine Forell, ed. The Poetry of Elizabeth Singer Rowe (1674-1737). Studies in Women and Religion, 25. Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1987. Print.
Richards, Jennifer and Robert C. Evans, eds. Elizabeth Singer [Rowe]. The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works. Series II. Printed Writings 1641-1700: Part 2. Volume 7. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003. Print. (Contains a facsimile of Poems on Several Occasions .)
Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 294. Print.
Bigold, Melanie. Women of letters, manuscript circulation, and print afterlives in the eighteenth century: Elizabeth Rowe, Catharine Cockburn, and Elizabeth Carter. Palgrave studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the cultures of print. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 18-91. Print.
Soft passions and darling themes: from Elizabeth Singer Rowe (1674-1737) to Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806). Women's Writing 7(3) (2000): 353-71. Print.
Raising the Dead: Collecting Women Poets in the Eighteenth Century. Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 53(4) (2012): 492-497. Print.
Hansen, Marlene R.
The Pious Mrs Rowe. English Studies 76(1) (1995): 34-51. Print.
Kennedy, Deborah. Poetic Sisters: Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets. Plymouth, England: Bucknell UP, 2013. 59-92. Print.
King, Kathryn R.
Elizabeth Singer Rowe's Tactical Use of Print and Manuscript. Justice, George L. and Nathan Tinker, eds. Women's Writing and the Circulation of Ideas: Manuscript Publication in England, 1550-1800. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2002. 158-81. Print.
Birthing the poet: Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the Athenian Mercury. 1650-1850 22 (2015): 1-17. Print.
Reading desire in the pastorals of Elizabeth Singer Rowe. Women's Writing 19(4) (2012): 602-21. Print.
Lavoie, Chantel M. Collecting Women: Poetry and Lives, 1700-1780. Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2009. Print.
Perry, Lori A. Davis.
The literary model for Elizabeth Singer Rowe's History of Joseph. Notes and Queries 52(3) (2005): 349-51. Print.
Elizabeth Singer Rowe: Gender, Disent, and Whig Poetics. Womersley, David, Paddy Bullard, Abigail Williams, eds. 'Cultures of Whiggism': New Essays on English Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century Newark, DE: U of Delaware P, 2005. 173-99. Print.
Elizabeth Singer Rowe (1674-1737): Politics, Passion and Piety. Prescott, Sarah and David E. Shuttleton, eds. Women and Poetry, 1660-1750. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. 71-78. Print.
Provincial networks, Dissenting connections, and noble friends: Elizabeth Singer Rowe and female authorship in early eighteenth-century England. Eighteenth-Century Life 25(1) (2001): 29-42. Print.
Religious Love. Ballaster, Ros, ed., The History of British Women's Writing, 1690-1750. History of British Women's Writing 4. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 189-200. Print.
Stecher, Henry Frederic. Elizabeth Singer Rowe, the poetess of Frome A study in eighteenth-century English Pietism. Bern: Herbert Lang; Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang, 1973. Print.
Stewart, Dustin D.
Elizabeth Rowe, John Milton and poetic change. Women's Writing 20(1) (2013): 13-31. Print.
Whigs in Heaven: Elizabeth Rowe's Friendship in Death. Eighteenth-Century Studies 44(3) (2011): 315-330. Print.