"The True Forme of Love": Transforming the Petrarchan Tradition in the Poetry of Lady Mary Wroth (1587–1631)

Tomáš Jajtner
2016 Prague Journal of English Studies  
The following article deals with the transformation of the Petrachan idea of love in the work of Lady Mary Wroth (1587-1631), the first woman poet to write a secular sonnet sequence in English literature, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus. The author of the article discusses the literary and historical context of the work, the position of female poets in early modern England and then focuses on the main differences in Wroth's treatment of the topic of heterosexual love: the reversal of gender roles,
more » ... of gender roles, i.e., the woman being the "active" speaker of the sonnets; the de-objectifying of the lover and the perspective of love understood not as a possessive power struggle, but as an experience of togetherness, based on the gradual interpenetration of two equal partners.
doi:10.1515/pjes-2016-0001 fatcat:66thgse2xzgjxi4ahw2qf7d4cy