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Virgil in Contemporary Women’s Poetry

Lorna Hardwick and James I. Porter

in Sibylline Sisters

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199582969
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582969.003.0002

Series: Classical Presences

Virgil in Contemporary Women’s Poetry

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Chapter 1 argued that it is possible to discern the ‘national’ Virgils standing behind each woman's invocation of his work; further evidence of Virgil's absorption into the general culture is his strong presence within the work of contemporary women poets. He enters women's poetry through female rewritings of the Orpheus myth, but also through female responses to the figure of the Sibyl, the descent into the Underworld, and exile within a ruined city. This chapter examines female responses to the myth of Orpheus before analysing the various references to the Aeneid made by the British poets U. A. Fanthorpe and Josephine Balmer.

Keywords: Virgil; women writers; contemporary women poets; women's poetry; Aeneid; Orpheus; U. A. Fanthorpe; Josephine Balmer

Chapter.  9204 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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