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Poetry about Love Between Women from the 16th and 17th Centuries (Reprise) - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 39c

October 19, 2019

Poetry about Love Between Women from the 16th and 17th Centuries (Reprise)

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 39c with Heather Rose Jones

This is a reprise of LHMPodcast episode 25d which originally aired on 2018/08/26.

This episode takes a poetic tour through expressions of, and reactions to, love between women in 16th and 17th century Europe.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Poems about the pangs of love

    • “To Mrs M Awbrye” by Katherine Philips
    • “A Song” by Aphra Behn
    • “Love and Friendship: A Pastoral” by Elizabeth Singer Rowe
    • “On the Death of my Dear Friend and Play-fellow” by Jane Barker
  • Men jealous of women’s love for each other
    • “Elegy for a Lady Enamoured of Another Lady” by Pontus de Tyard
    • “On the Friendship Betwixt Two Ladies” by Edmund Waller
    • “Two Beauties, Tender Lovers” by Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin
  • Men appropriating lesbian imagery
    • “Sappho to Philaenis” by John Donne
    • “To Mr. J.D. (T.W.)” by Thomas Woodward
  • Poems of satire and vituperation
    • “Epigram on Cecilia Bulstrode” by Ben Johnson
    • “Tribades or Lesbia” by François de Maynard
    • “Women’s Complaint to Venus” and “Venus’s Reply” by anonymous
  • The triumph of love
    • Maitland Quarto MS Poem 49
    • ”My Divine Lysi” by Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz
    • “On a Lady Named Beloved” by Anne de Rohan-Chabot
  • A transcript of this podcast is available here and contains links to the source material.

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