[ Pdf The Poems of Aemilia Lanyer: Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (Women Writers in English 1350-1850) ↠´ ukraine PDF ] by Aemilia Lanyer ☆ This is a well edited critical edition of Lanyer s volume Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum Woods gives excellent critical and textual introductions, and has edited the text well with helpful notes for students The Salve Deus itself is a chaotic volume speaking through multiple voices and moods, and the dedicatory letters which preface it are as much a part of the text as the poetry itself.
Lanyer tends to be read as a straightforwardly proto feminist poet particularly in her defence of Eve, but recent scholarship has exposed some of the slippages which seep through her To The Vertuous Reader letter with its intimations of female rivalry, for example , and the extent to which she s soliciting patronage rather than or as well a Religion has never been my thing, but I can appreciate the way that religious discourses provide this rich text on which writers draw Lanyer gives some really powerful passages here, reflecting not only how she locates women at the centre of her worldview, but also a woman s perspective on the relationship between God and humankind Quite the achievement.
Published in 1611, and in writing about the betrayal of Christ and the flight of the disciples For they were of earth, and he came from above,Which made them apt to flie, and fit to fall Though they do protest they never will forsake him,They do like men, when dangers overtake them and no man would ever have written that And it s oddly glorious and eye opening that a woman did And also leaves you wondering if Milton read this and borrowed Which made them apt to flie, and fit to fall into Sufficient to have stood, but free to fall And then you realize that since Lanyer lived until 1645, she might have actually met Milton, as well as Shakespeare And then your brain starts doing a little happy dance at the wonder and possible interconnectedness of all things.
Four stars for the poetry, 1.
5 for the essay by Rowse.
The poetry itself was sometimes radical and repetitive, with both simple and complex imagery, stunningly beautiful in places, harsh and bitter in others The wealth of dedications is rather off putting and I came to think of it as a reminder to misogynist male readers that there are many many virtuous women who are far better than them Eve s Apology is a fascinating approach to original sin and the image of the Risen Christ as a masculine snow white beauty was unexpectedly sexualized, fitting well with repeatedly images of him as the Bridegroom Apparently the H in Jesus H Christ stands for hottie While pleased that Rowse provides biographicalInformation not without many layers of interpretation and assumption and got this edition publi Interesting from an historical perspective, but otherwise just boring I found it disingenuous that her tributes to court ladies glorified their chastity while she, now generally accepted as the dark lady of Shakespeare s sonnets, lived a life that was anything but chaste.
The best poem in all the world I like how she defends all women from Adam s sin I used to like old English poems but Eve s Apology is the best of all I recommended this book to all the person who agrees that Eve was not guilty about the sin.
Lanyer tends to be read as a straightforwardly proto feminist poet particularly in her defence of Eve, but recent scholarship has exposed some of the slippages which seep through her To The Vertuous Reader letter with its intimations of female rivalry, for example , and the extent to which she s soliciting patronage rather than or as well as creating space for herself as a female poet.
This isn t a cheap volume so casual readers wanting to try Lanyer might be better off with a po