Title

Writing Public Poetry: Humanism and the Woman Writer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1990

Version

Citation

Publication Title

Modern Language Quarterly

Keywords

poetry, poets, female writers, Isabella Whitney, Anne Dowriche, Rachel Speght

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

Describes how three middle-class poets, Isabella Whitney, Anne Dowriche and Rachel Speght, revise the humanist concept of the learned lady by repositioning her and her work in the domain of public poetry. Writings on social, moral, political, and historical topics; Challenged the limitations set by men who supported and provided a humanist education for women; Effectively revised the humanist dogma on the place of women's work; More.