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The Lover's Watch

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As a beautiful and sought-after woman, Iris is well aware of the hours of reflection and sighing due to her—and of the dangers and temptations that await a man whose lover is absent. Thus, the hour between8 and 9, before Damon is enjoined to rise, may be spent in “Agreeable Reverie,” of which the principle subject would be, of course, Iris, while5 o’clock is the hour of “D ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Hesperus Press (first published 2004)
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Frank Hestvik
On the inside of the back cover Aphra Behn is called a proto-feminist, so perhaps some stink-eyes will be due when I call this book "cute." But that's what I thought anyway.

The poems were snooze-fests for me, but I did like the structure of the book, and it's full of little soundbites about love. It gets the dissonance right in that the "I" of the book seem to at once want to render love as something lofty and eternal, yet fears it is all too capricious and frail.
First published in 1686. This book, a set of instructions from a high-born lady to her absent paramour, is amusing and witty in some places, and interesting for its historical value, but I had a hard time staying interested. It's short, though, and works well read in small doses.
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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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