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How do the pre-1914 poets accept or reject the stereotype of women in the era?

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How do the pre-1914 poets accept or reject the stereotype of women in the era? Victorian women were stereotyped as weak timid and private however Victorian men were stereotyped totally different they were brave independent and public. In this essay I will discuss when the poets of the years prior to 1914 accepted the strereotype of women. I have studided many poems from this era including "First Love" by John Clare "Birthday" by Christina Rosetti, "How Do I Love Thee" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "Villegiature" by Edit Nesbit and "A Women To Her Love" by Christina Walsh. In the following pages I will discuss the pre 1940's acception and rejection of the sterotypes of women at the time in relation to Birthday, Villegiature How Do I Love Thee First Love & a Women To Her Lover. ...read more.


The speaker accepts and rejects the stereotype of woman. In the poem Villegiature the speaker does not accept the stereotype of women as she puts the man as the object "my window framed in pear tree bloom" which puts a man in a frame and in the 1914's the females were the object. The stereotype in " How do I love thee" is masculine at the beginning of the poem "I love thee to the dept and breath and height" by saying that she's masculine as she is using measuring words which measuring words associated with the stereotypical logical men. But half way into the poem she quotes " I love thee with the breath, smiles tears with all my life" which means she has changed her stereotype to women in the 1914's ...read more.


say at the start of verse four "But lover if you ask me " shes implying what she wants from him, so in this poem "A women to her lover" it is rejecting the stereotype of women. In the poem "First love" by John Clare the speaker accepts her as he doesn't have a voice also the speaker said she's a flower . However he cannot resist temptation meaning his becoming a 1914's stereotype of women, because he says "My legs refuse to walk away", so my conclusion that first love accepts the stereotype of women. Overall I come to the conclusion that the pre 1914's Poets accept and reject the stereotype of women of there times as they do some stuff what stereotypically women were meant to but other times they don't. ...read more.

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