Standard Name: Yearsley, Ann
Birth Name: Ann Cromartie
Married Name: Ann Yearsley
Pseudonym: The Milkwoman
Nickname: Lactilla, or the Bristol Milkwoman
AY became famous at the outset of her career as a primitive or untaught poet: a role she herself rejected in the course of a bitter row with her patron Hannah More . She went on to publish without the help of patrons, and to add a play and a novel to her poetry. Her letters remained unpublished. Though actually far from uneducated (she packs her poems with literary allusions), she is a writer who lays less emphasis on formal structures or conventions than on sturdy individualism and on the Romantic outpouring of emotion.
|Connections Sort descending||Author name||Excerpt|
|Dedications||Anna Maria Porter|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire|
|Friends, Associates||Elizabeth Montagu|
|Friends, Associates||Eliza Fletcher||
Eliza Dawson set herself to achieve a real friendship with Yearsley , who however was touchy about it, and took it on herself to lecture Eliza about her taste for novels, condemning them as the...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Elizabeth Isabella Spence||
She begins with Wales (whose countryside she praises but whose peasants she fairly sweepingly dismisses).
Although her title-page does not name it, she returned to Wales on a later journey, and devotes a...
Spence, Elizabeth Isabella. Summer Excursions. Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809.
|Leisure and Society||Mariana Starke|
|Literary responses||Anna Letitia Barbauld||
Recently William McCarthy has pronounced this poem seldom matched for conceptual density. (He cites as its peers in this respect Johnson 's The Vanity of Human Wishes and Ann Yearsley 's Addressed to Ignorance.)
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
|Literary responses||Mary Whateley Darwall|
|Literary responses||Phillis Wheatley|
|Literary responses||Christian Milne|
HM embarked on helping Ann Yearsley in the terrible winter of 1783-4, when the Yearsley family were near destitution. Charity modulated into literary patronage over the year 1784, as More brought Yearsley to the attention...
This friendship was built on a shared interest in literature, in patronising the poor or socially oppressed who aspired to writing, in encouraging inoculation and in promoting Sunday schools. Eliza was interested particularly in the...
|Textual Features||Mary Maria Colling||
As its extended title suggests, the book is prefaced by three letters from Bray to Southey. The correspondence provided the Poet Laureate with MMC 's life history, as well as examples of her poems. The...
|Textual Features||Mary Robinson|
30 September 1793
Troops opened fire on citizens of Bristol who were demonstrating against the imposition of tolls on a bridge.