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A Farewell to the Reader

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Transcript of A Farewell to the Reader

In 'A Farewell to the Reader', the speaker is directly addressing the reader. Based on the title and content, the speaker is as well the poet. The poet acknowledges the reader in a friendly and conversational tone and is simply saying that everyone will have a different opinion about a piece of literature and that that is the beauty in it.

"I shall no whit be discontent, for nothing is so pure
But one or other will mislike,thereof we may be sure."
Isabella Whitney
"Good Reader, now you have tasted and smelt all of my flowers,
The which to get some pain I took, And traveled many hours."

Isabella Whitney was born in the late 1540s in Ceshire, England. She was raised by a middle class family and left to London at a young age to work as a servant. While there, she wrote multiple works demonstrating her views and understanding of public taste. This led her to become one of the first professional women writers in Europe. She was also the first woman to write a collection of original poetry, and is thought to be the first professional female poet
in England. According to most critics, Isabella Whitney’s has a fairly simplistic and direct form of writing. Her works contained a certain degree of autobiographical material as she wrote about her experiences and there lack of. Her poems contained controversial issues such as class-consciousness and political commentary as well as witty satire.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Isabella Whitney
A Farewell to the Reader
by: Isabella Whitney

Good Reader, now you have tasted
and smelt all of my flowers,
The which to get some pain I took,
And traveled many hours.
I must request you spoil them not,
Nor do in pieces tear them;
But if thyself do loath the scent,
Give others leave to wear them.
I shall no whit be discontent,
For nothing is so pure
But one or other will mislike,
Thereof we may be sure.
If he for whom I gathered them
Take pleasure in the same,
And that for my presumption
My friends do not me blame;
And that the savour take effect
In such as I do know,
And bring no harm to any else,
In place where it shall go;
And that when I am distant far,
It worn be for my sake;
That some may say, 'God speed her well
That did this nosegay make.'




A Farewell to the Reader
"now you have tasted and smelt all of my flowers..."
Flowers is a metaphor for her works and pieces of literature in general. She is acknowledging the fact that the reader is somewhat familiar with various pieces. The choice of the word flowers to symbolize different works also emphasizes the beauty in literature.

"I must request you spoil them not, Nor do in pieces tear them;
But if thyself do loath the scent, give others leave to wear them."
"to which some pain I took, and traveled many hours"
Whitney is saying that she has devoted her life to her writing and that is is a long and hard journey that she has faced.
Whitney is saying that she hopes the reader enjoys her writing. If they do not, she doesn't want them to ruin it for other people by analyzing it and using slander.
The poet is saying that she will not be disappointed with the displeasure of her work because honesty is key. She acknowledges the fact that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that that is something she can not change.
The rhyme scheme of this poem is: ABCB.
ABCB Rhyme Scheme is also called "Simple 4-Line" poem.
Simple 4-line rhymes are usually characterized by having a simple system
of abcb repeated throughout the entire poem.
Isabella Whitney was a very simplistic and direct writer and this
is portrayed directly through the poem.

OVERVIEW
In 'A Farewell to the Reader', the speaker is directly addressing the reader. Based on the title and content, the speaker is as well the poet. The poet is simply saying that she, as well as other writers, give their all to each piece of literature and that everyone is entitled have a different opinion about each piece. that that is the beauty in literature itself.

And that the savour take effect in such as I do know,
And bring no harm to any else,
In place where it shall go
Whitney is saying how she hopes her works touches
people and
influences them as
she meant them to.
And that when I am distant far,
It worn be for my sake;
That some may say, 'God speed her well
That did this nosegay make.'
Whitney is hoping that after she is dead people will finally acknowledge her as a serious writer because at the time when she was alive she was not very well known as she is said to be the first woman who wrote secular poetry (poetry not about God).
The choice of the word nosegay is significant as well as it means a small bunch of flowers.
The flowers are used again to represent her writing.

As portrayed by the choices of
words and language, the poem was written during the Elizabethan era. This era saw great flourishing of literature, especially in the fields of poetry and drama. Literature at the time consisted fully of political and religious intent. Isabella Whitney decided to stray away from the norm with her writing. This reinforces how she hopes that to become acknowledged as a serious writer in the future as her works did not consist of the religious material expected from her at the time.
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