Love's Witness: Five Centuries of Love Poetry by Women

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Book jacket/back: The work of women poets is often overlooked in anthologies, and collections of love poetry are no exception. This delightful and highly original collection redresses that imbalance, and shows that on the subject of romantic and sexual love women can be just as eloquent as men -- or moreso. Here, the bitter and the sweet mingle as women from the last five hundred years write about jealousy, fikleness, exhiliaration, the pain of parting, and the transience of love. Included are poems from a huge range of women's love poetry which has remained largely invisible since the fifteenth century, as well as poems by well-known names such as Stevie Smith, Emily Dickenson, Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton, Katherine Mansfield Amy Lowell, George Eliot and even Queen Elizabeth I.

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Drawing upon women's writings from Queen Elizabeth I to Wendy Cope, this lengthy anthology understandably encompasses a wide range of styles. It is the result of editor Hollis' long-standing appreciation of love poetry bumping up against her disappointment at the scarcity--judging by the meager representation in previous anthologies--of women's contributions to it. In her presentation, she eschews chronology for a less formal order in which the poems can be read independently of one another or in small, complementary groupings. The selections, all English-language poems (no translations appear), attest both the commonality of feelings among women separated by centuries and the contrasts between these same women on account of historically increasing rights for women. They richly present women's voices speaking of the pains and pleasures of love--its highs, lows, and intermediate gradations. Hollis, who has compiled five earlier anthologies, says of the contents of her latest that "ultimately the most important thing is that the poems should be allowed to speak for themselves and appreciated for the fine and extensive body of work they represent." Whitney Scott

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