Erotic Fridays: Anne Reeve Aldrich

Today’s poet is Anne Reeve Aldrich.


Anne Reeve Aldrich was a 19th century novelist and poet from the USA, who was sometimes referred to as a modern-day “American Sappho”.

Anne Reeve Aldrich (April 25, 1866 – June 28, 1892) was an American poet. Aldrich was born in New York City on April 25, 1866. Her father died when she was eight; her mother moved to the country, where she educated Aldrich. When Aldrich was age 12, her mother died, leaving the education to tutors. By the time she was a teenager, Aldrich was proficient in composition and rhetoric, was able to translate French and Latin, and was able to name all local plants and insects.

In 1883, Aldritch married A.G. Aldritch, a physician from Adams, Massachusetts. In 1884, the couple moved to Anoka, Minnesota. Seeing the work of her husband, Aldritch decided to enter medical school. In 1887, she graduated with a medical degree from Minnesota Medical College.

Aldrich wrote poetry constantly from a young age. At age 17, she was published in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. Poems in other periodicals followed and eventually led to published collections of poems.

Aldrich died in New York on June 28, 1892 at the age of 26.

Below is her poem, Servitude. Enjoy

F.M. Laster

“I never loved another person the way I loved myself”. – Mae West

by Anne Reeve Aldrich

The church was dim at vespers.
My eyes were on the Rood.
But yet I felt thee near me,
In every drop of blood.
In helpless, trembling bondage
My soul’s weight lies on thee,
O call me not at dead of night,
Lest I should come to thee!

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