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Selected Poetry of Anne Hecht (fl. 1786)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

If once fair decency be fled
Love soon deserts the genial bed.
        (Advice to Mrs. Mowat, 29-30)
  1. Advice to Mrs. Mowat

Notes on Life and Works

Nothing is known about the life of Anne Hecht, except that she appears well educated and not to have married, perhaps for reasons she may allude to in her verse advice, particularly in its breath-taking last line, which speaks to women's daily life in 18th-century North America.

Biographical information

Given name: Anne
Family name: Hecht
Floruit: 1786