SIGOURNEY, LYDIA [HOWARD HUNTLEY] (1791-1865). Lydia Sigourney, the “sweet singer of Hartford,” was one of the most famous literary women in nineteenth-century America. Her interest in the ocean and the sailing life came from her many excursions along the New England coast and a trip to Europe in 1840. She collected her poems about sailors and the ocean in a volume entitled The Sea and the Sailor (1845). Other editions were published as Poems for the Sea and Poetry for Seamen. Meant to be a “companion to the voyager,” her poems are reminders of the blessings of home; many of the poems depict the sad farewells and the blissful reunions so common to the seafaring life. Sigourney’s poetry also has a strong evangelical theme: it contains many prayers for the safety of sailors and reminds readers that the wonders of the sea are the work of God.
Poems for the Sea (1850)
Poetry for Seamen (1845)
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