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Elizabeth Bishop and her cat in a car Dear friends and readers, Of the many women poets I’ve written a foremother blog about, just now Elizabeth Bishop may be the best known — both for her poetry and about her life and letters. There is a recent consensus about her importance and transcendence (if that’s […]

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Knole, Kent, the house, begun in 1456, greatly extended c.1603, on a frosty December day Winter. Blackout. Quiet. The tick of clock Shall bring you peace, To your uncertain soul Give slow increase. The blackened windows shut This inward room Where you may be alone As in the tomb. A tomb of life not death, […]

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In one of her poem’s a heelpiece to a lady’s shoe (18th century of course) speaks Her self-description: “a Traveller or Pilgrim, wandering about from House to House, in order to partake of the Benevolence of such good People [to her friends living in Windsor Forest] as you are … ” (ie., poor but honest […]

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1758-97) “I don’t believe you realise how much the war has stung our generation. We have had the bottom of things knocked out completely, we have been sent reeling into the chaos and it seems to us that none of your standards are either fixed or necessarily good because in the end they […]

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Pilgrim children dressed for church (17th century American art and dress) Yet grant some small acknowledgement of ours (Bradstreet, “The Prologue”) In darkness foundering Words fail the troubled mind. For who, I ask, can light me When Reason is blind? (Sor Juana, “On the effects of Divine Love”) Dear friends and readers, Among the delights […]

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Photo taken during Plath’s college years — this is one of my favorites (not in the exhibit) One of several self-portraits in the exhibit — she is imitating the popular “abstract” style of the 1950s Pursuit By Sylvia Plath Dans le fond des forêts votre image me suit. Racine There is a panther stalks me […]

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Lucy Hutchinson with one of her sons ‘Yet after all this he is gone hence and I remain, an airy phantasm walking about his sepulchre and waiting for the harbinger of day to summon me out of these midnight shades to my desired rest — Lucy Hutchinson, Final Meditation’ I write not for the presse […]

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Joyce or Jan Struther or Anstruther (1945) Dear friends and readers, This is not a foremother poet blog in the mode I used to write them: it’s a preliminary sketch for one. This week I had occasion to read the screenplay for Mrs Miniver and watch the 1942 movie; moved by the script and film, […]

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As Angelica Kauffman’s depiction of Anne Home Hunter as a pensive muse: is no more accurate than George Romney’s of Emma Hart (later Lady Hamilton) as Ariadne: I’ve led with them both as the Ariadne has become an image used for Haydn’s settings of Anne’s lyrics in a recent CD (sung so beautifully by Carolyn […]

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Emily Dickinson (1830-86) It’s all I have to bring today – This, and my heart beside – This, and my heart, and all the fields – And all the meadows wide – Be sure you count – should I forget Some one the sum could tell – This, and my heart, and all the Bees […]

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