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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Katherine's Works


Katherine's works included a hundred and sixteen poems, five completed verse translations, and she translated two plays by Pierre Corneille (1606-1684) from French to English. The earlier play she translated, a depiction of Pompey, was produced in 1663; which was the first play by a woman to be preformed on the stage in London. It was also preformed, that year, with enormous approval, in Dublin. The later translation, Horace, was not finished in her lifetime. Her work was completed by Sir John Denham (1615-1669) and the play was produced in 1668.

It is in her work that she uses images of tears, sighs and breath to imply friendship. Katherine suggests a connection between the souls and the minds of two friends, and that such a connection is not easily broken.

While most of her poetry was written about her women lovers and were sensual in nature, the poems were viewed as expressions of platonic love, rather than sexual love. Because women did not possess the body parts to complete a heterosexual sex act, their love was seen as pure--something which Katherine remarks upon herself in her poem "To My Excellent Lucasia, On Our Friendship."

Over half of the poems she wrote are written celebrating the relationship with Anne Owen or Lucasia. Her love and female connection with Anne is so strong on many deep levels.

Katherine Philips, literary reputation is obvious by the use of the name Orinda "Matchless" in which other important English writers referred to her as.

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