Selected Poems by Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn (1640-1689) is best known for her novel Oroonoko. Her plays have been revived, in print and on the stage, in modern times, but much of her best work, as she herself knew, is to be found in her poetry. The versatile form and content of her translation, satires and songs, and above all her radical exploration of relationships between the sexes, set her apart from her contemporaries. Behn wittily negotiates the complexities and ironies of women's role in a society in which honour is a commodity. Candid and subtle, her poetry speaks with a distinctive, vigorous intelligence and satirical edge. This selection includes an introduction that sets her work in context, notes on the text and suggestions for further reading.