Written in her French Psalter

By Queen Elizabeth I 1533–1603 Queen Elizabeth I
No crooked leg, no bleared eye,
No part deformed out of kind,
Nor yet so ugly half can be
As is the inward suspicious mind.

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Poet Queen Elizabeth I 1533–1603

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects The Body, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

Poetic Terms Epigram, Rhymed Stanza

 Queen  Elizabeth I

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Although the influence of Queen Elizabeth I on the literature of the period that bears her name has been much discussed, her own status as an author has been less recognized. Critics have traced her role as subject of or inspiration for such works as Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590-1596), William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600), and some Petrarchan sonnets but have generally considered her as the author . . .

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SUBJECT The Body, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Epigram, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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