Poetry on Page and Stage

  • Jane Dowson
Part of the The History of British Women’s Writing book series (HBWW)


Reflecting the Zeitgeist of second-wave feminist separatism, scholars established a genealogy of women’s poetry through collections, conferences, and critical works. Anthologies of the previous centuries and movements, such as Salt and Bitter and Good: Three Centuries of English and American Women Poets (1975), compiled by Cora Kaplan, or Scars Upon My Heart: Women’s Poetry and Verse of the First World War (1981), selected by Catherine Reilly, recuperated names that had been excised from literary histories to illuminate the extensive genealogy of women poets. The conference Rethinking Women’s Poetry 1770–1930 (1995) and the three Kicking Daffodils conferences (1994, 1997, 2006) — that looked forward as well as back — brought together poets and academics to generate conversations about critical and creative interactions. In common, they loosened long-standing conceptual oppositions between woman and poet, feminism and literature.


Literary History Round Table Discussion Poetic Form Poetic Tradition Conceptual Opposition 
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