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Anne Finch is an important poet of the Restoration and early eighteenth century—highly versatile and original. She wrote in many genres: fables (a high proportion of her poems, giving scope to her humour and complexity), closet drama, elegies, political, religious, personal, and proto-feminist pieces, and a notable pindaric ode which was her single most famous publication. She sometimes writes satire, though she was sensitive to its potential for harm. She both printed a selection of her poems and carefully preserved her oeuvre in handsome manuscript form.
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April 1661 Anne Kingsmill (later AF) was born at Sydmonton, Hampshire, the youngest of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
From about 1682 While she was still a maid of honour to Mary of Modena, Anne Kingsmill (later AF) began circulating her poems in manuscript: some political and religious pieces appeared in miscellanies in this decade and the next. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1701 AF's pindaric ode "The Spleen" (together with some other poems by her) was published anonymously in Charles Gildon's New Miscellany of Original Poems, on Several Occasions. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
13 January 1720 AF composed the latest dated poem in her Wellesley Manuscript, "To His Excellency the Lord Cartret at Stockholm". Bibliographic Citation link.
5 August 1720 AF died at her house in Cleveland Row, London. The precise cause of her death is unknown. Bibliographic Citation link.
1723 AF's "The Spleen" was reprinted to preface Dr William Stukeley's medical treatise, Of the Spleen, Its Description and History, Uses and Diseases, Particularly the Vapors, with Their Remedy. Bibliographic Citation link.
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