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[PDF] Renaissance Women Poets Penguin Classics By Isabella Whitney – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Renaissance Women Poets Penguin Classics Author Isabella Whitney – Serv3.3pub.co.uk 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 to intervene Collec Social convention may have prevented Poets Penguin eBook ↠ Renaissance women writers from openly taking part in the political and religious debates of their day but they found varied and Renaissance Women eBook ¾ innovative ways to intervene Collecting the work of three great poets Isabella Whitney Mary Sidney and Aemilia Lanyer this volume repositions women writers of the Renaissance by Women Poets Penguin PDF/EPUB ½ presenting their poems in the context of their history and culture Whitney's poems offer the only glimpse into her life express a concern for women's lack of social and economic power and powerfully evoke sixteenth century London Sidney produced potent translations of Petrarch's works and the Psalms as well as original verse Lanyer wrote poems that advocate and praise female virtue and Christian piety but reflect a desire for an idealized classless world The strong and original voices of these three women each from different social cultural and historical strata demonstrate the emergence of a new female identity during the Renaissance and broaden the common notions of English Literature's golden age.

9 thoughts on “Renaissance Women Poets Penguin Classics

  1. Roman Clodia Roman Clodia says:

    Should we still accept the idea of 'women writers'?That a mainstream publisher like Penguin have issued this 2000 is a sign that Renaissance women writers have become a standard albeit still marginalised part of the canon This is a good anthology which focuses on three very different English women the elite Mary Sidney the 'middle class' Isabella Whitney and the socially unclassifiable Aemilia LanyerAnd yet as Danielle Clark the editor herself states the very fact that these writers are classified as 'women writers' separates them from 'proper' writers and poets implicitly male That position is not helped by the fact that Whitney is not strictly speaking that good a poet; Sidney is represented as a translator of the psalms and one of Petrarch's Triumphs and only Lanyer is shown to be an 'original' poet interesting rather than brilliant So while this volume certainly makes women's poetry accessible at the same time it panders to the idea of women as second rate writersIf Whitney had been located in a volume of popular ballads and 'street poetry' or Sidney in a book of religious poetry or translations of the psalms say we might perhaps get a coherent picture of them in relation to their literary contexts As it is under the label 'Renaissance poets' comparisons will inevitably be made with Sidney Spenser Shakespeare Marlowe Donne who stood head and shoulders above most other writers of the period male or female and these women will thus reconfirm the secondary place of 'female writers'So this is a useful volume to have I'm just not sure that gender is a good category to use for selection and organisation

  2. Christine Christine says:

    I went to a college run by feminist nuns Yep get over it I read very few of these poems in college There is a reason for that A few of the poems are good Many aren't

  3. Amy Amy says:

    This review was originally published on warmdayswillneverceasewordpresscomThis collection by Penguin focuses on three female writers from the English Renaissance Isabella Whitney c1545 c1577 Mary Sidney 1561 1621 and Aemilia Lanyer 1569 1645 The collection features a very short biography and selected works of each poet It also includes a very useful timelineIsabella Whitney pp1 43The section on Isabella Whitney contains most of her poetical works including A Sweet Nosegay 1573 and The Copy of a letter 1567 There’s a substantial amount of poetry featured here but I was confused as to why Penguin decided to put A Sweet Nosegay before The Copy of a letter since that’s not in chronological order A Sweet Nosegay shows a change in Whitney’s writing and personality from The Copy of a letter and it would have been nice to see that progression highlighted in the collection The collection also includes Whitney’s mock will Her Will and Testament which has two sections and ensured Whitney’s status as a trendsetterPsalm 40 SidneyMary Sidney pp44 202This collection focuses mostly on her work in the Sidney Psalms aka the Sidney Psalter which she created with her brother Sir Philip Sidney It also includes the first two chapters of Sidney’s translation of Petrarch’s Trionfo della MorteThe Triumph of Death which I think is a really interesting poem I do wish that they’d included less of the Psalms and of her other poetry thoughSalve Deux Rex JudaeorumAemilia Lanyer pp203 280The last section of the book features the poetry of Aemilia Lanyer and there’s not a lot of it compared to Sidney unfortunately The collection concentrates on Lanyer’s only published poetry collection from 1611 Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum Hail God King of the Jews and it’s an excellent collection of poetry It’s the only work that can definitely be identified as Lanyer’s since she published it under her own name so I can understand why the collection only uses this workI love this collection but I do wish that Mary Sidney’s section was varied and that Isabella Whitney’s section was in chronological order I would recommend this book to anyone interested in female poets from this era or just poetry from the English Renaissance It was unusual for women to be published poets during this era and they’re all incredibly fascinating and talented women

  4. Peta B Peta B says:

    An amazing collection of women poets who are often missed by the assumption that renaissance women did nothing Needs recognition

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    Three prominent female voices speak to us from the sixteenth century offering views on their social status economic position and their relationships with the men in their lives or absence from them Rather than writing as their contemporaries Sidney Shakespeare Spencer did these women offer a distinctly new and 'other' perspective on Elizabethan society from top to bottom From Isabella Whitney a domestic servant in a London household to Mary Sidney sister of Sir Phillip to Amelia Lanyer a woman from the well to do middle class these women traverse the city and its class boundaries to depict their varying experiences and concerns with a patriarchy that was determined to control their voices

  6. Iv Iv says:

    Only read Whitney's poems in this collection

  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I loved Whitney's poems she is definitely worth reading especially considering that she was the first known woman to have non devotional poetry published I only leafed through Sidney and Lanyer but liked what I briefly read

  8. Diella Diella says:

    I especially enjoyed Mary Sidney's Psalms

  9. Dyani Dyani says:

    Nice edition though the notes at the end instead of as footnotes was kind of a pain in the ass Amelia Lanyer is my new favorite person

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