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Elizabeth Tollet

(1694—1754) poet


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(1694–1754) Poet, daughter of the commissioner of the navy George Tollet (d. 1719), who gave her a comparatively full education. Her anonymous Poems on Several Occasions: With Anne Boleyn to King Henry VIII. An Epistle (1724) was reissued posthumously (1755), bearing her name and including much additional work. Tollet wrote several poems on contemporary figures such as Isaac Newton, William Congreve, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Anne Finch, countess of Winchilsea, and Alexander Pope. Her poem ‘To my Brother at St John's College in Cambridge’ deftly explores male and female patterns of reading; her most substantial poem, ‘Hypatia’, has a strongly feminist argument.

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