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Kissing the Rod: An Anthology of 17th-Century Women's Verse Paperback – April 1, 1989

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Published in Britian last year, this anthology represents an impressive collaborative effort in feminist research and writing. Working mainly from archival and manuscript sources, the editors have assembled a selection of previously unavailable works by some 50 17th-century women poets, most unknown to modern readers. Each selection includes interesting biographical material and notes on variant textual sources. While some of the poetry will be difficult reading for those who are not 17th-century specialists, the editors have successfully sought to make their selections accessible. Accompanied by a useful critical and historical introduction, this work should inspire further worthwhile research.
- Mollie Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Ambition by Mary Astell
Awake My Lute, Daughters Of Musick Come by Mary Astell
In Emulation Of Mr. Cowleys Poem Call'd The Motto by Mary Astell
Were Ne My Hearts Light I Wad Dye by Grisell Baillie
Fidelia Arguing With Her Self On The Difficulty ... Religion by Jane Barker
She Begining To Study Phisick ... Degression On Anatomy by Jane Barker
A Virgin Life by Jane Barker
An Elegy Upon The Death Of Mrs. Behn by Aphra Behn
In Imitation Of Horace by Aphra Behn
A Letter To A Brother Of The Pen In Tribulation by Aphra Behn
On A Juniper-tree, Cut Down To Make Busks by Aphra Behn
A Pindarick To Mrs. Behn On Her Poem On The Coronation by Aphra Behn
Silvio's Complaint: A Song, To A Fine Scotch Tune by Aphra Behn
To Alexis In Answer To His Poem Against Fruition by Aphra Behn
To Mrs. B. From A Lady Who Had A Desire To See Her by Aphra Behn
Marcelia: Iv.ii., Sels. by Frances Boothby
Song by Frances Boothby
The 2 Antemasque by Elizabeth Brackley
The Three Sad Sheppardesses, Goe To A Little by Elizabeth Brackley
Ah Me! Conceived In Sin, And Born In Sorrow by Anne Bradstreet
Before The Birth Of One Of Her Children by Anne Bradstreet
The Foure Monarchies, Sels. by Anne Bradstreet
A Letter To Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment by Anne Bradstreet
On My Dear Grandchild Simon Who Died ... One Month And One Day Old by Anne Bradstreet
The Roman Monarchy by Anne Bradstreet
To My Dear And Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
To The Memory Of My Dear Daughter In Law by Anne Bradstreet
Well, To The Matter Then, There's Grown Of Late by Anne Bradstreet
Upon Ye Sight Of My Abortive Birth Ye 31th: Of December 1657 by Mary Carey
Wretten By Me Att The Same Tyme; On The Death by Mary Carey
To The Queenes Most Excellent Majestie by Elizabeth (tanfield) Cary
Voice by Elizabeth (tanfield) Cary
On My Boy Henry by Jane Cavendish
A Pastorall by Jane Cavendish
An Excuse For So Much Writ Upon My Verses by Margaret Lucas Cavendish
The Hunting Of The Hare by Margaret Lucas Cavendish
A Poet I Am Neither Born, Nor Bred by Margaret Lucas Cavendish
The Poetress's Petition by Margaret Lucas Cavendish
Another Song by Anne Collins
The Preface To Divine Songs And Meditacions by Anne Collins
A Sonnet Sent To Blackness To Mr. John Welsch by Culross
Academia, Sels. by Alicia D'anvers
To The University by Alicia D'anvers
When Deaths Cold Hand Shall Close My Eyes by Masham Damaris
The Liberty by Sarah Fyge Egerton
On A Sermon Preach'ed Sept. The 16th by Sarah Fyge Egerton
On My Leaving London, June The 29th by Sarah Fyge Egerton
On My Wedding Day by Sarah Fyge Egerton
The Dart by Eliza [pseud.]
The Lover by Eliza [pseud.]
To A Friend For Her Naked Breasts by Eliza [pseud.]
To My Husband by Eliza [pseud.]
To The Queen Of Bohemiah by Eliza [pseud.]
Mundus Muliebris, Sels. by Mary Evelyn
The Argument, Lauretta Meeting Cruell Death, by Anna Hume
The Argument Of The Fourth Booke by Lucy Hutchinson
From Liber Quartus by Lucy Hutchinson
Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, Liber Primus, Sels. by Lucy Hutchinson
Verses Written By Mrs. Hutchinson by Lucy Hutchinson
On A Picture Painted By Her Self, Representing Two Nimphs by Anne Killigrew
On Death by Anne Killigrew
To My Lord Colrane; In Answer To His Complementary Verses by Anne Killigrew
To The Queen by Anne Killigrew
Upon The Saying That My Verses Were Made By Another by Anne Killigrew
Inscription On Monument Of Dorothy, Lady Hubert At Langley by Anne King
Under Mr. Hales Picture by Anne King
The Description Of Cooke-ham by Aemilia Layner
The Authors Confession, Sels. by Elizabeth Major
To The Countess Dowager Of Huntingdon by Bathsua Pell Makin
Upon The Much Lamented Death by Bathsua Pell Makin
Act 3, Scene 1 by Delariviere Manley
Act 5, Scene 1 by Delariviere Manley
Epilogue by Delariviere Manley
The Lost Lover: Prologue by Delariviere Manley
Prologue by Delariviere Manley
A Song by Delariviere Manley
To The Author Of Agnes De Castro by Delariviere Manley
The Death And Passion, Sels. by Elizabeth Middleton
An Epistle by Mary Mollineux
'from Of Modesty' by Mary Mollineux
To William Drummond Of Hawthornden by Mary Oxlie
To The Excellent Orinda by Philo Philippa
Love's First Approach by Joan Philips
Maidenhead: Written At The Request Of A Friend by Joan Philips
Prologue To The Pair-royal Of Coxcombs by Joan Philips
To A Proud Beauty by Joan Philips
To J. G. by Joan Philips
To Madam Bhen by Joan Philips
To One That Asked Me Why I Lov'd J.g. by Joan Philips
To Phylocles, Inviting Him To Friendship by Joan Philips
To The Honoured Eugenia, Commanding Me To Write To Her by Joan Philips
Epitaph On Her Son H.p. At St. Syth's Church by Katherine Philips
Friendship's Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia by Katherine Philips
L'amitie: To Mrs. M. Awbrey by Katherine Philips
Lucasia, Rosania, And Orinda Parting At A Fountain by Katherine Philips
No Blooming Youth Shall Ever Make Me Err by Katherine Philips
On Rosania's Apostasy, And Lucasia's Friendship by Katherine Philips
On The Death Of My First And Dearest Child by Katherine Philips
On The Death Of The Queen Of Bohemia by Katherine Philips
On The Numerous Accesse Of The English To Waite by Katherine Philips
To Her Royal Highness The Dutchess Of York by Katherine Philips
To My Antenor, March 16, 1661-2 by Katherine Philips
To The Excellent Mrs. Anne Owen by Katherine Philips
To My Much Esteemed Friend On Her Play, Fatal-friendship by Sarah Piers
Urania: The Divine Muse, On The Death Of John Dryden, Esq. by Sarah Piers
Betwixt Mr. Leveridge A Spaniard, & Mrs. Cross English Lady by Mary Pix
The Deceiver Decived, Sels. by Mary Pix
Queen Catharine, Sels. by Mary Pix
A Song By Mrs. P - by Mary Pix
To Mrs. Manley, Upon Her Tragedy Call'd The Royal Michief by Mary Pix
The First Pearle by Diana Primrose
The Fourth Pearle by Diana Primrose
The Sixth Pearle by Diana Primrose
Cant. 5.5 & C by Elizabeth Singer
A Farewel To Love by Elizabeth Singer
A Pindarick, To The Athenian Society by Elizabeth Singer
To Mutius by Elizabeth Singer
The Dreame by Rachel Speght
Verses By The Princess Elizabeth, Given To Lord Harington by Elizabeth Stuart
Of All Trees That In The Garden Grew by Alice Sutcliffe
Ode by Elizabeth Taylor
Song by Elizabeth Taylor
Song by Elizabeth Taylor
To Mertill Who Desired Her To Speak To Clorinda Of His Love by Elizabeth Taylor
The Dream. An Epistle To Mr. Dryden by Elizabeth Thomas
Midnight Thought (on The Death Of Mrs. E.h. & Her Daughter) by Elizabeth Thomas
The Triple League To Mrs. Susan Dove by Elizabeth Thomas
Observations On The Life Of Epictetus by Elizabeth Tipper
A Satyr by Elizabeth Tipper
To A Young Lady That Desired A Verse ... & Mistress Another by Elizabeth Tipper
From The Cry Of A Stone by Anna Trapnell
Agnes De Castro, Sels. by Catharine Trotter
Queen Catharine, Sels. by Catharine Trotter
To Mrs. Manley by Catharine Trotter
The Emulation. A Pindarick Ode by Anonymous
The Golden Island Or The Darian Song by Anonymous
Maria To Henric by Anonymous
Ah Me! Conceiv'd In Sin, And Born In Sorrow by Tino Villanueva
Elegy On The Earl Of Rochester. By Mrs. Wh--- by Anne Wharton
From Penelope To Ulysses by Anne Wharton
Wit's Abuse by Anne Wharton
Song by Elizabeth Wilmot
Song 2 by Elizabeth Wilmot
Pamphilia To Amphilanthus: Grief by Mary Sidney Wroth
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374521646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374521646
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By frumiousb VINE VOICE on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't know about you, but I actually have quite a difficult time reading poetry anthologies. I particularly have a hard time when I do not really know the work or period in question. For the last year or so, I had hauled this book out of boxes and had it sitting on my shelves. I did this under the assumption that I would eventually get around to reading the book, or at least parts of it. I figured that I would at least leaf through it, or something.

Anyhow, I got sick of seeing it sitting there and mocking me for never having read any of its poets when I finally decided that a good use of a Sunday was just taking it off the shelf and reading the darn thing.

Reading a poetry anthology is kind of a daunting task. However, Germaine Greer (introduction and editor) seems to have assembled this collection with a mind to the idea that it would be read. Each author is introduced with as much biographical detail as is available, and the text is clear and well-written, even to the casual reader.

I found a lot to love about this anthology. I found it surprisingly moving, and nearly relentlessly interesting.

Greer selects from both the famous (Anne Bradstreet, Aphra Behn) and the obscure. My particular favorite new finds included: Mary Carey, Ephelia, Lady Grizel Baillie, Sarah Fyge and Mary Pix.

Not often that I expect to be so bored with a book, and am instead so pleasantly interested. Definitely recommended.
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Format: Paperback
This book is worth five stars because of the extent to which the editor's sought to present the works of a great number of 17th century female poets. I enjoyed reading the poems presented, as well as the commentary and brief biographies. The poems presented in this book demonstrate that women in the 17th century were equally as passionate and brilliant as their male counterparts, which is another reason that I give this book five stars. This book is a must read to anyone who has read poetry of the 17th century and found that "only" men engaged in such a thing. I found the poetry collected in this volume to be inspiring for it's wit, charm, humor, grace, and beauty.
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Great introduction and overall this is most valuable for the biographies. Granted the poetry helps make sense of the biographies and the biographies make sense of the poems, but in general they are, as Germaine Greer emphasizes herself, not the greatest of works. But that is not why they are here in this collection. Rather, it is to help develop a sense of the lives these women led.
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