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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. 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 L 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 This review was originally published on warmdayswillnevercease.wordpress.comThis collection by Penguin focuses on three female writers from the English Renaissance Isabella Whitney c.1545 c.1577 , 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 timeline.Isabella Whitney pp.1 43 The section on Isabella Whitney contains most of her poetical works including A Sweet Nosegay 157 This review was originally published on warmdayswillnevercease.wordpress.comThis collection by Penguin focuses on three female writers from the English Renaissance Isabella Whitney c.1545 c.1577 , 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 timeline.Isabella Whitney pp.1 43 The 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 trendsetter.Psalm 40 SidneyMary Sidney pp.44 202 This 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 Morte The Triumph of Death which I think is a really interesting poem I do wish that they d included less of the Psalms andof her other poetry though.Salve Deux Rex JudaeorumAemilia Lanyer pp.203 280 The 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 work.I love this collection but I do wish that Mary Sidney s section wasvaried 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 An amazing collection of women poets who are often missed by the assumption that renaissance women did nothing Needsrecognition. 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. Only read Whitney s poems in this collection I especially enjoyed Mary Sidney s Psalms. &DOWNLOAD E-PUB ✗ Renaissance Women Poets ⇲ 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 Collecting the work of three great poets Isabella Whitney, Mary Sidney, and Aemilia Lanyer this volume repositions women writers of the Renaissance by 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 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.