• Why might a woman in 1680 have written and published a poem like Aphra Behn’s “The Disappointment”? What image of Aphra Behn–as author of this poem–do we get?

Read the four poems:

  • John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, “The Imperfect Enjoyment” (ed. Jack Lynch)
  • Aphra Behn, “The Disappointment” (ed. Ian Lancashire)
  • Jonathan Swift, “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (ed. Jack Lynch)
  • Mary Wortley Montagu, “The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to write a Poem called ‘The Lady’s Dressing Room'”

Then write 400 words to answer this question :

·         Why might a woman in 1680 have written and published a poem like Aphra Behn’s “The Disappointment”? What image of Aphra Behn–as author of this poem–do we get?

No reference needed just your opinion and use some quotations from the poem.

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