Leapor, Mary

(1722-1746)
   Born in Northamptonshire, the daughter of a gardener, she was a cook-maid of little education who taught herself to read the works of John Dryden and Alexander Pope and imitated Pope in her poems. Her poetry came to the attention of Bridget Freemantle, a member of the local gentry who encouraged Leapor to publish her work, but she died of measles before the arrangements were completed. Poems on Several Occasions, edited by Isaac Hawkins Browne, was published in two volumes. The first, in 1748, includes "Essay on Friendship" and "Essay on Hope." The second, in 1751, includes a tragedy in blank verse, The Unhappy Father. A selection from her poems appears in Mrs. Barber's Poems by Eminent Ladies, 1755. "Leapor is one of many gifted poets, mainly women and laborers, whose work stands outside the traditional canon of eighteenthcentury verse" (from the jacket of Richard Greene and Ann Messenger's book [see below]). Some of her poems: "Crumble-Hall," "Epistle to Artemisia," "Mira's Picture, a Pastoral," "Silvia and the Bee," "Strephon to Celia: A Modern Love Letter," "The Epistle of Deborah Dough."
   Sources: A Treasury of Minor British Poetry. J. Churton Collins, ed. Edward Arnold, 1896. Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Antholog y. Roger Lonsdale, ed. Oxford University Press, 1989. For the full works of Mary Leapor see (http://www.orgs.muohio.edu/womenpoets/leapor/). Poems by Eminent Ladies, Particularly Mrs. Barber, Mrs. Behn, Miss Carter. George Colman and Bonnell Thornton, eds. 2 vols. R. Baldwin, 1755. Selected Bibliography: Mary Leapor (17221746) by Laura Mandell, Miami University of Ohio (http://www.c18.rutgers.edu/biblio/leapor.html). Poetry by English Women: Elizabethan to Victorian, R.E. Pritchard, ed. Continuum, 1990. Poets' Corner, Mary Leapor (http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/poem-kl.html). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. The Works of Mary Leapor, Richard Greene and Ann Messenger, eds. Oxford University Press, 2003.

British and Irish poets. A biographical dictionary. . 2015.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mary Leapor — Title page, Poems Upon Several Occasions (1748) by Mary Leapor Born 1722 Marston St Lawrence, Northamptonshire, England, UK Died 1746 Brackley …   Wikipedia

  • Mary Collier — (ca. 1688–1762) was an English poet, perhaps best known for her poetic risposte to Stephen Duck, The Woman s Labour. Collier is an important figure in the self taught, laboring class tradition in eighteenth century poetry, a tradition which also… …   Wikipedia

  • Oxford period poetry anthologies — These are Oxford poetry anthologies of English poetry, which select from a given period. See also The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse. Contents 1 New Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse (1991) 2 New Oxford Book of Eighteenth… …   Wikipedia

  • English literature — Introduction       the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day. The major literatures written in English outside the British Isles are… …   Universalium

  • List of early-modern women poets (UK) — This is an alphabetical list of female poets who were active in the United Kingdom before approximately 1800. (NB. Poetry is the focus of this list, though many of these writers worked in more than one genre). A C* Eliza Acton (1799 1859) * Jean… …   Wikipedia

  • List of female poets — This is a list of female poets. People on this list should have articles of their own, and should meet the for their poetry. Please place names on the list only if there is a real and existing article on the poet. Dead links in RED will be… …   Wikipedia

  • English poetry — The Seeds and Fruits of English Poetry, Ford Madox Brown. The history of English poetry stretches from the middle of the 7th century to the present day. Over this period, English poets have written some of the most enduring poems in Western… …   Wikipedia

  • Broadview Anthology of Poetry — The Broadview Anthology of Poetry (ISBN 978 1551110066) is a 1993 poetry anthology compiled by Canadian academics Hernert Rosengarten and Amanda Goldrick Jones. It states the aim of including a wide range of poetry in English, with the aim of… …   Wikipedia

  • 1722 in literature — The year 1722 in literature involved some significant events and new books.Events* Voltaire and Jean Baptiste Rousseau meet and quarrel at Brussels. * Ten year old Jean Jacques Rousseau is abandoned by his father, Isaac. * William Wood gets a… …   Wikipedia

  • 1748 in literature — The year 1748 in literature involved some significant events and new books.Events* The French break the British siege of Pondicherry. * End of the War of the Austrian Succession with the Treaty of Aix la Chapelle * While in debtor s prison in… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.