By Betty Travitsky, Anne Lake Prescott
So much anthologies of Renaissance writing contain merely (or predominantly) male writers, while those who specialize in ladies comprise ladies completely. This ebook is the 1st to survey either in an built-in type. Its texts contain a variety of canonical and non-canonical writing―including a few new and critical discoveries. The texts are prepared in order that writing through men and women is gifted jointly, no longer in a "point-counterpoint" procedure that will "square off" male and female writers opposed to each other, yet particularly in pairs, occasionally clusters, of texts during which women's writing is foregrounded whilst it sounds as if with writing by way of men.
The anthology arranges lately recovered texts into exciting styles, juxtaposing, for instance, Aemelia Lanyer's nation condominium poem with an expression of a special form of nostalgia via Surrey. It comprises unconventional voices, as within the homoerotic poems by way of Richard Barnfield or the doubtless lesbian poems by means of Katherine Philips. It makes newly to be had the voices of English Marrano ladies (secret Jews) and the Miltonic poetry of Jean Lead.
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19. Sport. 20. Bereft. 21. Delight. 25 26 Domestic Affairs Oh death that hast vs of such riches reft, Tell vs, at least, what hast thou with it done? What is become of him whose ﬂowre here left Is but the shadow of his likenesse gone? Scarce like the shadow of that which he was, Nought like, but that he like a shade 22 did pas. But that immortall spirit which was deckt With all the dowries of celestiall grace By soueraine choyce from th’heuenly quires select, And lineally deriv’d from Angels’ race, O what is now of it become, aread?
30. An ironic oxymoron: “gentle” implies wealth from land, not trade. 31. A tiltyard or tournament. 32. Political and economic information, often secret. 33. Become more socially polished. 34. The moon cannot always be full; conceivably an allusion to Elizabeth’s death in 1603 and a shift in courtly culture. 16 Domestic Affairs beseeming state in the other. Yet for all this I found myself but a planet35 in both. Fixed I could not be till some constant calling admitted me. I resolved then, seeing I found nothing, either in Court or City, but cares: cares in the one of getting to hoard and gather, cares in the other of getting to spend and scatter; in the one more rind than pith, in the other more pith than rind; this partaking more of compliment, that of substance; yet a natural strain of invention in both, but their objects different—the one making a cringe36 for fashion, the other for gain.
George Parﬁtt (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975). On My First Daughter (#22) Here lies to each her parent’s ruth,1 Mary, the daughter of their youth: Yet, all Heaven’s gifts, being Heaven’s due, It makes the father less to rue. At six month’s end, she parted hence With safety of her innocence; Whose soul Heaven’s Queen (whose name she bears), In comfort of her mother’s tears, Hath placed amongst her virgin train:2 Where, while that severed doth remain,3 This grave partakes the ﬂeshly birth— Which cover lightly, gentle earth.
Female & male voices in early modern England: an anthology of Renaissance writing by Betty Travitsky, Anne Lake Prescott