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The Appropriation Of The Genre Of Nuptial Poetry By Katharina Lescailje (1649–1711)

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Love is a conqueror and a violator. When a bride is captured by Love, pity arises instead of jealousy or admiration. These are not themes one expects to encounter in a poem written to commemorate the cheerful occasion of marriage. Yet in some of the nuptial poems by the Dutch poet Katharina Lescailje these are dominant themes. How did a Dutch woman poet manage to appropriate the genre of nuptial poetry at the end of the seventeenth century, while dealing with both the possibilities and restrictions of the literary and social conventions she was exposed to? This chapter aims to answer this question by giving an overview of the poems Lescailje wrote for different groups of addressees, focusing on her use of classical and - more importantly - contemporary conventions. It compares Lescailje's nuptial poetry to that of other Dutch women poets.

Keywords: Dutch woman poets; Katharina Lescailje; nuptial poetry



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