I read a poem a few days ago in my World Masterpieces II class written by Anne Finch. The poem was called “The Introduction”; it was written in the Eighteenth century and is about how women are not respected as writers. At the time when she wrote this poem women were not meant to get an education and become writers. Anne Finch had to publish her work anonymously. Here are a few lines from the poem:
DidI my lines intend for public view,
How many censures would their fauts persue,
Some would, because such words they do affect,
Cry they’re insipid, empty, uncorrect,
And many, have attain’d, dull and untaught,
The name of Wit, only by finding fault.
True judges might condemn their want of wit,
And all might say, they’re by a Woman writ.
Alas! a woman that attempts the pen,
Such an intruder on the rights of men
“Where would J.K.Rowling have got to if she’d written as Joan Rowling?”