Isabella Whitney: A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Posy: Containing a Hundred and Ten Philosophical Flowers. (621 words)
- Ulrike Tancke (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz )
The poem collection A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Posy, published in 1573, is Isabella Whitney's second (and last known) volume of poetry. Its subtitle – … Containing a Hundred and Ten Philosophical Flowers – points to the main body of the work, a verse rendition of Hugh Plat's Flowers of Philosophy (1572). The “Flowers” are framed by a collection of addresses and letters (also in verse) and partly with replies - to her readers, family members, friends and acquaintances. The collection ends with her “Will and Testament” on leaving the city of London.
The “Flowers” as such consist of 110 four-line stanzas, each containing proverb-style advice on topics as …
Tancke, Ulrike. "A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Posy: Containing a Hundred and Ten Philosophical Flowers. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 September 2007
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