By Susanne Woods
Aemilia Bassano Lanyer released poetry to and for girls in 1611, on the peak of the principally misogynistic reign of James I. Her verse enhances and extends our view of her contemporaries, equivalent to Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Donne, whose paintings in flip presents a context for her special and interesting voice. This booklet situates Lanyer in the wealthy culture of Jacobean poetry.
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Brave" here doubtless means "finely dressed; splendid . . showy" (OED). The portrait is of an ambitious, assertive woman, probably still very attractive. The cryptic comment, "she hath som thing in the mind she would have don for her" may reflect the elusive imprecise nature of an astrological reading, or may be Forman's attempt to work toward an interpretation of this impressive woman who has come to him for help. 57 Ralegh's "gentlemen volunteers" would sail from Plymouth 10 July. She comes, "Mrs.
If she was indeed Anne Clifford's music tutor at about the same time that Daniel was tutoring Anne in other subjects, the two poets would have been in frequent contact. Of all the English poets that she directly or indirectly cites (including both Sidneys, Drayton, and possibly Shakespeare), Daniel is the one she refers to most often. She makes specific reference to at least three of Daniel's works: Cleopatra, A Letter from Octavia, and, most tellingly, Rosamond. In the Salve Deus Lanyer's references to Cleopatra are remarkably positive.
In the collection of the Lord Sackville, Knole. Photograph courtesy of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Cookham may have seemed a return to the aristocratic glory Lanyer had known in her youth, though her most appropriate role in the countess's household was as a gentlewoman servant with some responsibilities for the education of Anne Clifford. 68 These records are not abundant, though they tell us that Anne Clifford's childhood governess was one Ann Taylor, and we know that her tutor was the poet Samuel Daniel, who had earlier been tutor to the sons of the countess of Pembroke (the younger of whom, Philip, Anne Clifford would later take as her second husband).
Lanyer: A Renaissance Woman Poet by Susanne Woods