London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1884
Amy Levy has been described as a “New Woman poet with Sapphic interests”. Levy also authored novels and short stories, two of which were published by Oscar Wilde in his Women’s World magazine. Levy expressed her lesbianism through her poetry, sometimes in a coded manner such as in To Lallie where the language suggests the poem is written by a man (“I bowed…and raised my hat”). Levy’s death by suicide, at the age of 27, was mourned in an obituary written by Oscar Wilde in which he regretted that “the world must forgo the full fruition of her power”.