Katherine Philips

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Katherine Philips
Katherine Philips (1632–1664) was an Anglo-Welsh poet.

She created a "Society of Friendship" based at her home in Cardigan, in which she was known as "Orinda", and her poems celebrate the refined pleasures of platonic love. it has been argued that her poems are lesbian in nature[1] but this view is not universally accepted.


  1. Harriette Andreadis, "The Sapphic-Platonics of Katherine Philips, 1632-1664", Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 1989. Volume 15, number 1, page 59.