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Selected Poetry of Phoebe Cary (1824-1871)


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

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Index to poems

The weariest and most troubled married life
That age, ache, penury, or jealousy
Can lay on nature, is a paradise
To being an old maid.
        (Shakesperian Readings, 1-1)
  1. "The Day is Done"
  2. Jacob
  3. A Leak in the Dike
  4. Shakesperian Readings
  5. Suppose
  6. "When Lovely Woman"


Notes on Life and Works

Born on September 4, 1824, at Mount Healthy, close to Cincinnati, Ohio, Phoebe Cary and her older sister Alice co-published poems in 1849 and then Phoebe went on to bring out three volumes of her own:

A few months after her sister's death, Phoebe died on July 31, 1871, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Biographical information

Given name: Phoebe
Family name: Cary
Birth date: 4 September 1824
Death date: 31 July 1871
Nationality: American
Buried at: Greenwood Cemetery, Brokklyn, N.Y.