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Kennedy, Deborah, 1959-
Poetic sisters : early eighteenth-century women poets / Deborah Kennedy
Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; Lanham, Md. : Co-published with the Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, c2013
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Subject(s) English poetry -- Women authors -- History and criticism
English poetry -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Physical Description xii, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-292) and index
Contents Introducing the poetic sisters -- She triumphs with a song : The poetry of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea -- Singing her heart out : Elizabeth Rowe -- The Countess of Hertford and the poetry of the English landscape -- Sarah Dixon, the Kentish poetess -- Mary Jones, the Oxford poet -- Sisterly muses
Summary "In Poetic Sisters, Deborah Kennedy explores the personal and literary connections among five early eighteenth-century women poets: Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; Elizabeth Singer Rowe; Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford; Sarah Dixon; and Mary Jones. Richly illustrated and elegantly written, this book brings the eighteenth century to life, presenting a diverse range of material from serious religious poems to amusing verses on domestic life. The work of Anne Finch, author of "A Nocturnal Reverie," provides the cornerstone for this well informed study. But it was Elizabeth Rowe who achieved international fame for her popular religious writings. Both women influenced the Countess of Hertford, who wrote about the beauty of nature centuries before modern Earth Day celebrations. Sarah Dixon, a middle-class writer from Kent, had a strong moral outlook and stood up for those whose voices needed to be heard, including her own. Finally, Mary Jones, who lived in Oxford, was praised for both her genius and her sense of humour. Poetic Sisters presents a fascinating female literary network, revealing the bonds of a shared vocation that unites these writers. It also traces their literary afterlife from the eighteenth century to the present day, with references to contemporary culture, demonstrating how their work resonates with new generations of readers."--Publisher's website
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Series Transits (Bucknell University)

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