By Virginia Brackett
A consultant to British poetry from 1600 to 1800 that includes greater than four hundred entries ranging in size from three hundred to greater than 2,500 phrases. It covers significant poems, equivalent to Elegy Written in a rustic Churchyard, The Flea, Paradise misplaced, and The Rape of the Lock, and poets from the Puritan interval as much as the beginnings of the Romantic Age.
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Extra info for The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry, 17th and 18th Centuries (Companion to Literature)
In “THE SUN RISING” Donne personifies the sun, famously labeling it “Busy old fool, unruly sun,” as his speaker questions why it must disturb him and his love. He suggests, instead, that it visit huntsmen, kings, and ants, but in the end he decides the sun’s warmth should shine in the center of the bed. In ABRAHAM COWLEY’s “HYMN TO LIGHT” the speaker welcomes the sun pulled across the sky by fiery steeds. ” AURORA WILLIAM ALEXANDER (1604) Considered a minor poet, WILLIAM ALEXANDER produced two notable works.
While several centuries had to pass before society embraced his expression as art in its purest form, Donne’s poetry at last received its due. BIBLIOGRAPHY Gardner, Helen, ed. John Donne: The Divine Poems. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969. 34 BEHN, APHRA Johnson, Jeffrey. The Theology of John Donne. Cambridge, England: D. S. Brewer, 2001. –1689) Although Aphra Behn’s exact birth date remains unknown, it is generally recognized as between 1637 and 1643. Her baptism on December 14, 1640, makes 1640 the most likely year of birth.
Nel Gwyn, mistress to King Charles II, acted in Behn’s most popular play, The Rover (1677), and in Sir Patient Fancy (1678). Although her dramas provided some social criticism of traditions such as forced marriage, overbearing parental authority, England’s hypocritical moral hierarchy, and other aspects of gender inequity, many female members of the audience did not support her productions. Eventually Behn concentrated on poetry, whose impassioned themes and stark sexual imagery raised several eyebrows.