Margaret Cavendish Poems

Author(s): Margaret Cavendish


What a vision of loneliness and riot the thought of Margaret Cavendish brings to mind!" Virginia Woolf wrote in A Room of One's Own. Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was a groundbreaking woman writer--a utopian visionary, a scientist, a science-fiction pioneer. She interacted with Thomas Hobbes and Rene Descartes. And she produced startlingly modern poems unlike anything else published in the seventeenth century for their mixture of scientific and proto-Blakean vision, their deep sympathy with the non-human world, and their feminist passion.

Product Information

An eclectic collection of poetry by one of 17th century England's boldest, smartest, and independent women.

Margaret Cavendish (1623 - 1673) was an aristocrat, philosopher, poet, scientist, fiction-writer, and playwright. Her utopian romance, The Blazing World, is one of the earliest example of science fiction and she is unique for having published extensively on the subjects of natural philosophy and early modern science. She was also the first woman to attend a meeting at the Royal Society of London in 1667 where she criticized and engaged with the members Thomas Hobbes, RenU Descartes, and Robert Boyle. Michael Robbins is a poet and literary critic. He is the author of the poetry collections Alien vs. Predator and The Second Sex and his poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Harper's, and elsewhere. His critical work has appeared in several publications, including London Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, and Spin. His forthcoming critical work, Equipment for Living, will publish in July 2017. He lives in Brooklyn.

General Fields

  • : 9781681371580
  • : The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • : The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • : February 2018
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Margaret Cavendish
  • : Paperback
  • : Main
  • : 160