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Women poets of the English Civil War

Edited by Sarah C. E. Ross and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann

Women poets of the English Civil War
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    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2870-6
    • Pages: 392
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    • Published Date: November 2017

    Description

    This anthology brings together extensive selections of poetry by the five most prolific and prominent women poets of the English Civil War period: Anne Bradstreet, Hester Pulter, Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips and Lucy Hutchinson. It presents these poems in modern-spelling, clear-text versions for classroom use, and for ready comparison to mainstream editions of male poets' work. The anthology reveals the diversity of women's poetry in the mid-seventeenth century, across political affiliations and forms of publication. Notes on the poems and an introduction explain the contexts of Civil War, religious conflict, and scientific and literary development. The anthology enables a more comprehensive understanding of seventeenth-century women's poetic culture, both in its own right and in relation to prominent male poets such as Marvell, Milton and Dryden.

    Reviews

    'Sarah Ross and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann's readable, beautifully presented, and affordable new anthology, Women Writers of the English Civil War, makes it easier than ever before to appreciate the extent to which women poets participated in )and fundamentally contributed to) early modern experiments in poetic form.'
    Dianne Mitchell, Renaissance Studies

    Awards

    2018

    Winner of the 2018 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Award for Best Teaching Edition

    Contents

    Introduction

    Anne Bradstreet

    from The Tenth Muse (1650)
    The Prologue
    The Four Monarchies
    A Dialogue between Old England and New
    An Elegy upon that Honourable and Renowned Knight, Sir Philip Sidney (1650)
    In Honour of Du Bartas
    In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth
    David's Lamentation for Saul and Jonathan

    from Several Poems (1678)
    An Elegy upon that Honourable and Renowned Knight, Sir Philip Sidney (1678)
    The Flesh and the Spirit
    The Author to her Book
    A Letter to her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment
    Another
    In Memory of my Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet

    Hester Pulter
    The Invitation into the Country, to my Dear Daughters
    The Complaint of Thames
    On Those Two Unparalleled Friends, Sir George Lisle and Sir Charles Lucas
    Upon the Death of my Dear and Lovely Daughter
    On the Same [Tell me no more]
    Upon the Imprisonment of his Sacred Majesty, that Unparalleled Prince King Charles the First
    On the Horrid Murder of that Incomparable Prince, King Charles the First
    On the Same [Let none sigh more]
    The Circle [1]
    Dear God turn not away thy face
    The Circle [2]
    On the King's Most Excellent Majesty
    To my Dear J.P., M.P., P.P, They Being at London, I at Broadfield
    A Solitary Complaint
    Must I thus ever interdicted be?
    Why must I thus forever be confined
    To Sir William Davenant, upon the Unspeakable Loss of the Most Conspicuous and Chief Ornament of his Frontispiece
    The Weeping Wish
    Emblem 4
    Emblem 20
    Emblem 22

    Katherine Philips
    from the 'Tutin' Manuscript
    To my Dearest Antenor on his Parting
    A Retired Friendship, to Ardelia
    Friendship's Mysteries, to my Dearest Lucasia
    Content, to my Dearest Lucasia
    Friendship in Emblem, or the Seal, to my Dearest Lucasia

    from the 'Tutin' Manuscript, reverse
    The World
    The Soul
    Invitation to the Country
    On the 3rd September 1651
    2 Corinthians 5:19

    from Poems (1664)
    Upon the Double Murder of King Charles I
    On the Numerous Access of the English to Wait upon the King in Flanders
    Arion on a Dolphin, to his Majesty in his Passage into England
    On the Fair Weather Just at Coronation
    On the Death of the Queen of Bohemia
    To the Right Honourable Alice Countess of Carbery
    To Antenor, on a Paper of mine which J. Jones Threatens to Publish to Prejudice Him
    A Country Life
    Upon Mr. Abraham Cowley's Retirement

    from Poems (1667)
    Epitaph on her Son H. P. at St Sith's Church
    To my Antenor, March 16 1661/2
    Orinda upon Little Hector Philips

    Margaret Cavendish
    from Philosophical Fancies (1653)
    Of Sense and Reason Exercised in their Different Shapes
    A Dialogue between the Body and the Mind
    An Elegy

    from Poems and Fancies (1664)
    The Poetress's Hasty Resolution
    A World Made by Atoms
    Of the Subtlety of Motion
    Of Vacuum
    Of Stars
    A World in an Earring
    The Purchase of Poets
    A Dialogue between Man and Nature
    A Dialogue between an Oak and a Man Cutting him Down
    A Dialogue between a Bountiful Knight and a Castle Ruined in War
    The Clasp
    The Hunting of the Hare
    A Description of an Island
    The Ruin of this Island
    Wherein Poetry Chiefly Consists
    A Description of a Shepherd's and Shepherdess's Life
    The Clasp: Of Fairies in the Brain
    Upon the Funeral of my Dear Brother

    Lucy Hutchinson
    from De Rerum Natura
    Book 1, lines 1-152
    Book 2, lines 1048-1180
    Book 4, lines 1019-1321

    To Mr Waller upon his Panegyric to the Lord Protector

    from Elegies
    1. Leave off, ye pitying friends
    2. To the Sun Shining into her Chamber
    2(a). Ah! Why doth death its latest stroke delay
    3. Another on the Sun Shine
    7. To the Garden at Owthorpe
    10. The Recovery
    12. Musings in my Evening Walks at Owthorpe
    14. On the Spring, 1668
    20. You sons of England whose unquenched flame

    from Order and Disorder
    Preface
    Book 1, lines 1-150
    Book 3, lines 91-188
    Book 9, lines 1-122

    from Memoirs of the Life of the Colonel Hutchinson
    All Sorts of Men

    Textual introduction
    Textual notes
    Index of first lines

    Editors

    Sarah C. E. Ross is Associate Professor in English at Victoria University of Wellington

    Elizabeth Scott-Baumann is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at King's College London

    Women poets of the English Civil War

    Edited by Sarah C. E. Ross, Elizabeth Scott-Baumann

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