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John Donne's Articulations of the Feminine$
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H. L. Meakin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184553.001.0001

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Donne's Domestic Muse: Engendering Poetry in the Early Verse Letters

Donne's Domestic Muse: Engendering Poetry in the Early Verse Letters

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(p.24) 1 Donne's Domestic Muse: Engendering Poetry in the Early Verse Letters
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John Donne's Articulations of the Feminine
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H. L. Meakin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184553.003.0002

This chapter examines John Donne's representations of his relationship with his Muse in his poetry and early verse letters. Almost half of the twenty-two references to a Muse occurred in the verse letters Donne wrote during the 1590s. This may indicate that his adaptation of the Muse figure during the Renaissance may be connected with generic experimentation and the self-conscious definition of a specifically English poetry. This chapter also analyses Donne's gender-related images of poetic creation in his early poems.

Keywords:   John Donne, Muse, poetry, verse letters, English poetry, gender in poetry

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