Poetry and the Feminine from Behn to Cowper

University of Delaware Press, 2005 - 227 ページ
Poetry and the Feminine from Behn to Cowper revisits the foundations of poetic representation and value for women and men poets of the Restoration and eighteenth century including Aphra Behn, John Dryden, Anne Killigrew, Anne Finch, and Alexander Pope. The author argues that fundamental to poetic innovation in this era are poets' revisions of feminine figures such as the muse and nature. Feminine Nature serves these poets as an infinitely expandable category of form that allows them to redefine poetry and poetic subjectivity. These poetic innovations include exploring the very grounds of mimesis, dismantling the hierarchy of poetic kinds, and using sensibility to yoke aesthetic and ethical values. Using an inclusive framework, the author presents a history of poetic change through women's and men's complex dialogues with poetic contexts and conventions. Jennifer Keith is Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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Dryden Pope and the Transformation of the Muse
Speaking Objects Women Poets and the Muse
Gender and Order in the Prospect
The Voice of Nature and the Poets Labor
The Nightingales Breast against the Thorn Sensibility and the Sublime

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145 ページ - On a rock, whose haughty brow Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood, Robed in the sable garb of woe, With haggard eyes the Poet stood; Loose his beard, and hoary hair Stream'd, like a meteor, to the troubled air) And with a Master's hand, and Prophet's fire, Struck the deep sorrows of his lyre.
87 ページ - the wondrous Tale, And nightly to the listning Earth Repeats the Story of her Birth: Whilst all the Stars that round her burn, And all the Planets, in their turn, Confirm the Tidings as they rowl, And spread the Truth from Pole to
106 ページ - Together let us beat this ample field, Try what the open, what the covert yield; The latent tracts, the giddy heights explore Of all who blindly creep, or sightless soar; Eye Nature's walks, shoot Folly as it flies, And catch the Manners living as they rise....
128 ページ - While Spring shall pour his Show'rs, as oft he wont, And bathe thy breathing Tresses, meekest Evel While Summer loves to sport, Beneath thy lingering Light: While sallow Autumn fills thy Lap with Leaves, Or Winter yelling thro' the troublous Air, Affrights thy shrinking Train, And rudely rends thy Robes....
132 ページ - Their name, their years, spelt by th' unletter'd muse, The place of fame and elegy supply: And many a holy text around she strews, That teach the rustic moralist to die.
86 ページ - Firmament on high, With all the blue Etherial Sky, And spangled Heav'ns, a Shining Frame, Their great Original proclaim: Th' unwearied Sun, from day to day, Does his Creator's Pow'r display, And publishes to every Land The
109 ページ - For Wit's false mirror held up Nature's light; Shew'd erring Pride, Whatever Is, Is Right; That Reason, Passion, answer one great aim; That true Self-Love and Social are the same; That Virtue only makes our Bliss below; And all our Knowledge is, Ourselves to Know.

著者について (2005)

Jennifer Keith is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.