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Renaissance Women Poets / Edition 1
     

Renaissance Women Poets / Edition 1

by Isabella Whitney
 

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ISBN-10: 0140424091

ISBN-13: 2900140424095

Pub. Date: 07/03/2001

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Social convention may have prevented Renaissance women writers from openly taking part in the political and religious debates of their day, but they found varied and innovative ways of intervening indirectly.

Isabella Whitney explored issues of sexual morality and her sense of exclusion from the vibrantly greedy and commercial London of the 1570s. Mary Sidney,

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Social convention may have prevented Renaissance women writers from openly taking part in the political and religious debates of their day, but they found varied and innovative ways of intervening indirectly.

Isabella Whitney explored issues of sexual morality and her sense of exclusion from the vibrantly greedy and commercial London of the 1570s. Mary Sidney, sister of Sir Philip, produced powerful translations of Petrarch and the Psalms as well as original verse in order to mourn her late brother, develop his legacy and promote the Protestant cause. Aemilia Lanyer, probably the most obviously 'feminist' of these three, wrote poetry which defends Eve's actions in the Garden of Eden, celebrates female virtue and spirituality, and argues for the creation of a non-hierarchical community of 'good women'. All are strong and original voices which decisively alter our picture of the golden age of English Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900140424095
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2001
Series:
Penguin English Poets Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsviii
Introductionx
Further Readingxli
Table of Datesxliv
A Note on the Textsxlvi
Isabella Whitney1
from A Sweet Nosgay3
To the worshipfull and right vertuous young Gentylman, George Mainwaring Esquier...3
The Author to the Reader4
Certain familier Epistles and friendly Letters by the Auctor: with Replies8
To her Brother. G.W.8
To her Brother. B.W.9
A modest meane for Maides...to two of her younger Sisters servinge in London10
To her Sister Misteris. A.B.12
To her Cosen. F.W.13
A carefull complaynt by the unfortunate Auctor13
IS. W. to C.B. in bewaylynge her mishappes15
To my Friend Master T.L. whose good nature I see abusde16
IS. W. beyng wery of writyng, sendeth this for Answere17
The Aucthour (though loth to leave the Citie) upon her Friendes procurement, is constrained to departe...and maketh her Wyll and Testament...18
A comunication which the Auctor had to London, before she made her Wyll18
The maner of her Wyll, and what she left to London: and all those in it: at her departing19
The Copy of a Letter, lately written in meeter, by a young Gentilwoman: to her unconstant Lover...29
I.W. To her unconstant Lover29
The admonition by the Auctor, to all young Gentilwomen: And to al other Maids being in Love34
The lamentacion of a Gentilwoman upon the death of her late deceased frend William Gruffith Gent38
Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke45
The Sidney Psalter47
'Even now that Care'47
To the Angell spirit of the most excellent Sir Phillip Sidney50
The Psalmes of Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke53
A Dialogue betweene two shepheards, Thenot, and Piers, in praise of Astrea...190
The Triumph of Death Translated Out of Italian by the Countesse of Pembrooke192
The first chapter192
The second chapter197
Aemilia Lanyer203
Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum205
To the Queenes most Excellent Majestie205
To all vertuous Ladies in generall210
The Authors Dreame to the Ladie Marie, the Countesse Dowager of Pembrooke213
To the Ladie Lucie, Countesse of Bedford221
To the Ladie Margaret, Countesse Dowager of Cumberland222
To the Ladie Anne, Countesse of Dorcet223
To the Vertuous Reader228
Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum229
The Description of Cooke-ham274
Abbreviations and Short Titles Used in the Notes and Textual Apparatus281
Notes283
Textual Apparatus393

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