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Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland$
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Marie-Louise Coolahan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567652.001.0001

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Poetry in English

Poetry in English

(p.180) 5 Poetry in English
Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland

Marie‐Louise Coolahan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the importation into Ireland of English literary culture by Anne Southwell and Katherine Philips. It argues that the social mechanisms of English manuscript culture are adapted in order to build and maintain relationships among the New English elite. The Irish contexts for both poets' work are discussed. Southwell's poetry is considered in its planter context. It is argued that Philips modified her literary strategies for the Restoration Dublin court. The anonymous Philo‐Philippa's poem in praise of Philips is discussed in light of its welcoming of these new poetic paradigms and its meditation on the nature of gender and authorship. Both Southwell and Philips, it is argued, used Ireland as a site for literary experimentation, transplanting the literary strategies they developed in Ireland back to London and Wales when they left.

Keywords:   manuscript culture, coterie, poetry, Anne Southwell, Katherine Philips, Philo‐Philippa

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