In Defiance of Fortune

By Queen Elizabeth I 1533–1603 Queen Elizabeth I
Never think you fortune can bear the sway
Where virtue’s force can cause her to obey.

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Poet Queen Elizabeth I 1533–1603

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects History & Politics, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

 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 History & Politics, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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