Poetry

I have to read lots of this as part of my degree (given I major in English, this should not be a surprise).  Some of it I like and some of it I love.  The rest I want to tear to pieces.  I will post some stuff on this page to save having to put up separate posts for all of it.  I will also be adding photos in between poems, because I can 🙂

Hannover

Katherine Philips, “A Married State”

A married state affords but little ease
The best of husbands are so hard to please.
This in wives’ careful faces you may spell
Though they dissemble their misfortunes well.
A virgin state is crowned with much content;
It’s always happy as it’s innocent.
No blustering husbands to create your fears;
No pangs of childbirth to extort your tears;
Few worldly crosses to distract your prayers:
Thus are you freed from all the cares that do
Attend on matrimony and a husband too.
Therefore Madam, be advised by me
Turn, turn apostate to love’s levity,
Suppress wild nature if she dare rebel,
There’s no such things as leading apes in hell.

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