Women Writers and Poetic Identity
Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson
How does the consciousness of being a woman affect the workings of the poetic imagination? With this question Margaret Homans introduces her study of three nineteenth-century women poets and their response to a literary tradition that defines the poet as male. Her answer suggests why there were so few great women poets in an age when most of the great novelists were women.
Originally published in 1981.
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