What Are Some Examples of Poetry Written for Women?


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Poetry written for women is often diverse in both topic and tone. There are some poems that cover love or romance, such as "To Fanny" by John Keats, while some discuss the female form, such as Maya Angelou's notable "Phenomenal Woman."

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What Are Some Examples of Poetry Written for Women?
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There are many famous poems that have been written for women. Famous love poems that are about women include William Shakespeare's famous "Sonnet 130" or "My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun" or George Gordon Byron's "She Walks in Beauty." Contemporary examples of love poems include Matthew Rohrer's "The Emperor" and Stephen Dunn's "The Kiss." Other famous love poems about women focus more on heartache, including Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" or William Butler Yeats' "Never Give All the Heart."

Many female poets have written about the political, social and physical role of women. Maya Angelou was a well-known poet who often discussed the role of women in society, as she did in her poem "Woman Work." Another female poet who celebrated the female form was Lucille Clifton. Some of her notable works include "Poem to my Uterus" and "Homage to my Hips." Sylvia Plath is another poet who focused on femininity, such as her "Lady Lazarus" or "Heavy Women."

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