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|Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:11 pm Post subject: Olivia ELDER - daughter of Aghadowey minister John ELDER
|Reference for bio and poems of Olivia ELDER
for reference -- https://www.irelandsown.ie/the-poems-of-olivia-elder
Acknowledgements in the bio:
>"My thanks to Dr Linde Lunney of the Dictionary of Irish Biography for help in identifying people and places in Olivia Elder’s work."
Andrew Carpenter is Professor Emeritus of English at University College Dublin.
Painting: "One of William Hincks’s 1783 prints of the Ulster linen industry, depicting the harvesting of flax. Olivia Elder lamented that ‘spinning flax’ was one of the chores that keep her away from reading or writing poetry. (Linen Hall Library)"
"Olivia Elder (1735–80) was the daughter of Revd John Elder (1692–1779), one of the earliest and most prominent of the New Light Presbyterians, minister to the congregation at Aghadowey and author of two of the tracts establishing the New Light Presbyterians. Olivia never married but acted as her father’s housekeeper. For most of her adult life she was an avid reader of English poetry, and when she took to writing it as well she proudly described herself as a ‘poetess’ and ‘one of the Rhyming Class’. She used a wide variety of poetic forms in her writing: verse letters, satires, elegies, outspoken ‘caricaturas’ of friends and enemies, fantasies, versifications of the Bible and ‘epigrams’ inspired by particular events. All this material she transferred to a copybook, now NLI MS 23254."
P. Backscheider, Eighteenth-century women poets and their poetry: inventing agency, inventing genre (Baltimore, 2006).
P.R. Backscheider & C.E. Ingressia (eds), British women poets of the long eighteenth century (Baltimore, 2009).
A. Carpenter (ed.), The poems of Olivia Elder (Dublin, 2017).
R. Lonsdale (ed.), Eighteenth-century women poets (Oxford, 1989).
Amazon price: $39.28
The Poems of Olivia Elder: A Voice from Eighteenth-Century Ulster -- Hardcover – October 31, 2016
by Andrew Carpenter (Editor) -- National Library of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland : Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2017.
Also in University of Tulsa, OK
In Carpenter's online pages - a poem on her hardships in Ireland (Hibernia):
"Around me too external things conspire
To damp the genius rather than inspire.
Far north in bleak Hibernia’s stormy isle
Where softest seasons scarcely know to smile;
Where fruitless labour toils the painful year,
Scarce ploughs in hope, and often reaps dispair;
And honest industry disponding flies
His native home, for more indulgent Skys;
Where civil liberty her forehead droops,
August Religion to the shackles stoops,
But where, indignant of the shameful chain,
Hard war with bigot rage her sons maintain,
Has fortune fix’d my lot . . ."
Nancy Elder Petersen
Vancouver, WA USA
Host, ELDER DNA project