Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor Biography

Jane Taylor, was an English poet and novelist. She wrote the words for the song Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in 1806 at age 23, while living in Shilling Street, Lavenham, Suffolk.

The poem is now known worldwide, but its authorship is generally forgotten. It was first published under the title "The Star" in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her older sister Ann (later Mrs. Gilbert). The sisters, and their authorship of various works, have often been confused, in part because their early works were published together.

Ann Taylor's son, Josiah Gilbert, wrote in her biography, "two little poems–'My Mother,' and 'Twinkle, twinkle, little Star,' are perhaps, more frequently quoted than any; the first, a lyric of life, was by Ann, the second, of nature, by Jane; ...

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Zoe Parkhouse 20 April 2005

Jane Taylor died in 1824, she might have some trouble in contacting you! !

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Daniela Dominguez 15 July 2007

I wanted to know if you could post the star, and if you don't know it you could contact me.

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Maya Hardy 13 March 2018

I know wikipedia isn't the best source, but it says her father was Isaac Taylor, and then at the end, it says her brother taylor, gave her comfort, is that an insane coinincedence, or true, please help me answer this question!

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Sunita yadav 05 July 2018

What was the feeling that little Harry had, in the beginning

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ruqayyah 28 September 2018

jane tylor is my favourite poet

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Bri Edwards 17 May 2022

I'll give this poet allowance for some English structure I would change a bit, since she grew up in England and many years ago so must have been proper for her times. ;) bri

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Sylvia Frances Chan 16 November 2021

Congratulations for the choice of Poet Of The Day by Poem Hunter and Team. Hoorray for the Taylor family

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Priyanka 07 November 2021

Nice story

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Gargi 03 April 2021

I love the two natured girls poem

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Umaiza 23 June 2020

i love her poems the violet and many other poems of her and twinkle twinkle little star

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The Best Poem Of Jane Taylor

The Violet

Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colour bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there.

Yet thus it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused a sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.

Then let me to the valley go
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.

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