Poetic Analysis of Authors Dreame

 What does feminist mean?
Feminist are  women that strongly believe that the advocacy of women’s rights are based on political, social, and economic equality to men. When reading our course reading on the feminist theory it really brought to my attention how important it was during this time period when this poem was written by Aemilia Lanyer. Refer to Lenses: Perspectives on Literature- Second Edition pg.189-196

The poem, “The Author’s Dream” does suggest that this work is pro-woman. After reading and understanding the terms from, “Lenses” I felt I had a better understanding of what Aemeli Lanyer wanted to express in her poem. Lanyer suggest that women have power over others by referring to them as goddesses she used names like Aurora (goddess of dawn), Lady Mae (goddess of spring and flowers),  Bellona (goddess of war and wisdom), Joves (queen of gods). Here is one example as how much power women are given in this poem,

“That being dead, his fame doth him survive,

Still living in the hearts of worthy men;

Pale Death is dead, but he remains alive,

Whose dying wounds restor’d him life agen.


And this faire earthly goddesse which you see,

Bellona and her virgins doe attend;

In virtous studies of Divinitie,

Her pretious time continually doth spend.”

Bellona came to Sidney(Lady Mary’s Brother) rescue and saved his life. She is now a Heroic Figure for this poem, as we continue reading this poem Bellona is considered as a “beauteous soule” and “to have a blessed spirit full of holy love”. She is rewarded by having a place in heaven and on earth she has a double life for her heroic actions.

There are many phrases and words that are used to describe women in a flattering way. The word beauteous (beautiful) is used very frequently though out. Other powering words that are used are, “honored”, “sweet delight”, “grace”, “light”, I found all these words used many times throughout the poem and they were either describing or giving power to these women. Aemilia I believe tries to make the women in this poem to act as very beautiful and heroic figures to those beneath them. There is a sense of community between all the women in this poem they all have different jobs but are all trying to help and do for the good. Looking at poetic elements Aemilia used a rhyming scheme where the ends of the line would rhyme it was ABAB, CDCD,EFEF, and so forth through out. She also did a very good job with imagery i felt as if i was in the poem the entire time knowing what was happening and how things appeared. The poem Authors Dreame was to provide women with major roles in Christian Values through history and for women to be strong and powerful. During this poem i noticed that the poem is in a females point of veiw and during this time period women did not have much power. i came to the conclusion that Aemilia was one that dreamed that one day women would be treated as equal to men and have a part in this world.


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