Katherine Philips (1632–1664)
in Women poets of the English Civil War
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This chapter presents poems of Katherine Philips who was born in London in 1632 to a family with puritan connections. As a poet, Katherine Philips is best known for poems on the theme of friendship, and for the establishment of a 'Society of Friendship' among her close associates, to whom she assigned pastoral coterie names. Philips actively circulated her poetry in manuscript, and was well known as a manuscript poet in a number of overlapping literary, musical, social, and political circles. Her poem 'To Antenor, on a Paper of Mine' illustrates the political nature of some of the exchanges. Other poems, such as her encomium 'To the Right Honourable Alice, Countess of Carbery, on her Enriching Wales with her Presence', serve a more social purpose.


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