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Selected Poems: Aphra Behn

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In this collection Aphra Behn wittily negotiates the complexities and ironies of womens' roles in a society in which honor is a commodity. Candid and subtle, her poetry speaks with a distinctive, vigorous intelligence and satirical edge. This generous selection includes an introduction that sets her work in context, and provides notes on the text and suggestions for furthe ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published 1995)
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Aphra Behn's poetry is not what you would expect from a poet in the 1600s she writes about male impotence and lesbianism and hemaphrodites and frankly writes about her attitudes and is not all restricted by her class or gender in a period where many current readers would expect her to have been vilified because of her subject matter
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Aphra Behn was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration and was one of the first English professional female writers. Her writing contributed to the amatory fiction genre of British literature. Along with Delarivier Manley and Eliza Haywood, she is sometimes referred to as part of "The fair triumvirate of wit."

In author Virginia Woolf's reckoning, Behn's total career is more important than
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