Yashmin Woods Essay

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How would you feel to live the life of a mistress? Amelia Lanier was the first British woman to write a poem in English. Although she was well known by the public, her career was not that successful. Much isn’t really known about her parents. Amelia Lanier was a mother, mistress, and writer.
Amelia Lanier was born on January 27, 1569. Amelia was also baptized the same day that she was born at St. Botolph. She was born to Baptista Bassano and Margaret Johnson. Her parents were never legally married. Lanier was born while of father was a working servant of the King. Her mother Margaret Johnson was the aunt of a musician of Shakespeare, Robert Johnson. Lanier had a sister and two brothers. ...view middle of the document...

Lanier was also concerned about the many miscarriages she was having. She missed the affair that she had with Henry Carey. She was not happy with her husband. In Forman’s diary he said Lanier came to him about financial difficulties, soon they started to deal with each other sexually. Lanier became William Shakespeare’s “dark lady”. (usask.ca)
In 1611, at the age of 42 Lanier published Slave Dues Rex Judaeorum. Although, the book was complete for its time, topics such as virtue and religion were considered to be suitable themes for women. It was viewed as comprehensive because it talked about the mistreatment of women. (Lanier 1075) Lanier wrote a poem called Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women, which was about Adam and Eve. (Applebee 499)
After Alfonso death in 1613 Amelia spent her later years with her son’s family. Henry had got married to Joyce Mansfield in 1623 and they had two children together, Mary born in 1627 and Henry III born in 1630. Alfonso had received a hay and grain patent from King James in 1604. He left her and his brother the rights to pursue the hay and grain patent. She brought a lawsuit against his brother for profits from her husband hay and grain patent. The lawsuit was not successful she still ended up with finical difficulties. Amelia son died before her so she had to take care of his kids. She started to run a school, but confrontations with the landlord lead to her being arrested several of times. Before Lanier died at the age of seventy six she was paid a retirement fund. (poetyfoundation.com)
In the Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women written by Amelia Lanier, Lanier feels that Eve should not have been blamed for Adam eating the forbidden fruit. Eve knew what the consequences of them eating the fruit would be. Amelia express that the fault should be on Adam because he stood next to Eve as she took a bite into the fruit then he did the same. She feels that he as a man should have had have a mind of his own to decide weather or weather not he...

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