A Lady Dressed By Youth

By Duchess of Newcastle Margaret Cavendish 1623–1673 Margaret Cavendish
Her hair was curls of Pleasure and Delight,
Which on her brow did cast a glistening light.
As lace her bashful eyelids downward hung:
A modest countenance o'er her face was flung:
Blushes, as coral beads, she strung to wear
About her neck, and pendants for each ear:
Her gown was by Proportion cut and made,
With veins embroidered, with complexion laid,
Rich jewels of pure honor she did wear,
By noble actions brightened everywhere:
Thus dressed, to Fame's great court straightways she went,
To dance a brawl with Youth, Love, Mirth, Content.

Source: The Cavalier and His Lady ()

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Poet Duchess of Newcastle Margaret Cavendish 1623–1673


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Living, The Body, Youth

Poetic Terms Couplet


Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was a prolific writer who worked in many genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, letters, biography, science, and even science fiction. Unlike most women of her day, who wrote anonymously, she published her works under her own name. Her significance as a rhetorical theorist has two main dimensions. First, she lived at a time when rhetoric itself and rhetorical theory were undergoing . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, Youth


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Couplet

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