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Mary Wroth's Poetry

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Mary Wroth, the first English woman to write a sonnet sequence, led a complicated and harsh personal life. As a poet, these complications often slip into her work. Pamphilia to Amphilanthus consists of Petrarchan sonnets and songs, as well as a corona. Not only are there recurring themes of love and jealousy, longing and resistance, Wroth also uses similar metaphors to address the love she suffers from. However, she distinguishes the poems by altering between writing them as sonnets or songs. Within the fixated structure of each type of poetry, Wroth portrays a distinct yet interrelated image of love through her metaphors. A pair of good examples are the song “Love a child is ever crying” and the sonnet “O pardon, Cupid I confess my fault”....

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