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Among the oeuvre of Mary Tighe, Irish poet of the early nineteenth century, her long narrative allegory, Psyche, gives her a high place among the women Romantics. Her known oeuvre has excitingly expanded in recent years. She also kept a diary (now lost) and drafted a novel (unfinished).
9 October 1772 Mary Blachford (later MT) was born in Dublin, the second of two children in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
1801 MT began drafting her allegory in Spenserian stanzas, later titled Psyche, or the Legend of Love or simply Psyche. Bibliographic Citation link.
Christmas Eve 1804 MT wrote to her friend Joseph Cooper Walker that she had had a narrow escape: she had almost published Psyche, together with "a volume of smaller poems" (which must have been "Verses Transcribed for H. T."), but had at the last moment decided not to. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 24 July 1805 MT's Psyche, or the Legend of Love was privately printed by J. Carpenter, London, with a run of fifty copies. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably December 1809 MT wrote her final poem, "On receiving a branch of mezereon. Which flowered at Woodstock. December 1809." Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
24 March 1810 MT died of tuberculosis at Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, her brother-in-law's estate. Bibliographic Citation link.
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