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Lecture 6

Week 6B: Bluestockings and the Rise of Sensibility
Week 6B: Bluestockings and the Rise of Sensibility

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University of Toronto St. George
Terry Robinson

ENG 307 WEEK 6B 10/17/12 Jane Cave: Written a Few Hours before the Birth of a Child -childbirth as trial; something to endure -asks for child to die with her if she has to die -thinks child will have dire fate if he survived; showed difficulty of bastard/step children -life not necessarily positive without a mother -*state of women state of child Isabella Kelly: To an Unborn Infant (482-83) -mother protects child from “beating storm” of life -imagines her own death; wants baby to carry on her legacy -child’s future becomes burden to mother after his death, inherits the being and memory of her; mother as MARTYR (she died bringing life) Joanna Baillie: A Mother to her Waking Infant (442-43) -mother and baby both alive; a celebratory poem -baby as a source of innocent joy, oblivious to life (sadness + reality) -hopes child will be around to help her after she grows up -highlights the difference between innocence + experience, simplicity + complexity -intimacy of mother + baby but at the same time, the baby’s in its own detached (happy) bubble -babies remind us life’s not just state of woe Henrietta O’Neill, Written on Seeing her two Sons at Play (459) -childhood as sweet age of illusion (state of being deceived) Charlotte Smith -married to Benjamin Smith who spent all his money; -after she divorced him she became a writer to support her 14 children (3 died young) -revived sonnet form, beginning of Romantic
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