Anna Seward

Literary Birthday – 12 December – Anna Seward

Anna Seward was born 12 December 1742 and died 25 March 1809.


  1. A masculine education cannot spare from professional study and the necessary acquisition of languages, the time and attention which I have bestowed on the compositions of my countrymen.
  2. Suffer not thy wrongs to shroud thy fate, But turn, my soul, to blessings which remain.
  3. I had heard it was not fit for the female eye. It can only be unfit for the perusal of such females as still believe the legend of their nursery that children are dug out of a parsley-bed; who have never been at church, or looked into a Bible, -and are totally ignorant that in the present state of the world, two sexes are necessary to the production of animals.
  4. If I had girls to educate I would not have them learn both music and drawing.
  5. Time’s stern tide, with cold Oblivion’s wave, Shall soon dissolve each fair, each fading charm.

Anna Seward was an eighteenth-century English Romantic poet. She is often called the Swan of Lichfield. Seward’s works include Elegy on Captain CookMonody on Major Andrè, and Louisa: A Poetical Novel in Four Epistles, as well as Memoirs of the Life of Dr. Darwin, a biography of Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin.

Source for image

National Portrait Gallery, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 12th December 2017