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Running head: BRIDGING THE GAP 1 Bridging the Gap Shannon Taylor Epperson ENG 306 March 23, 2015 Melissa Mason
BRIDGING THE GAP 2 Bridging the Gap Reading literature from the 17 th and 18 th centuries can be quite a daunting task. Life was different then. The manner in which people spoke, thought and analyzed seems to be more complex than how it is in the 21 st century. In order to better understand the differences between the two time periods, the following poems will be analyzed from both the time period in which they were written and take place as well as the current century. The poem being analyzed are: “Saturday” by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, “Of Many Worlds in This World” by Margaret Cavendish, and “The Lady’s Dressing Room” by Jonathan Swift. To help the reader gain a better comprehension of the poems, the following perspectives will be analyzed: the historical context needed for research, linguistic research, and poetic and artistic analysis needed to be performed. “Saturday” by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was written in the early 1700’s. At first glance, this poem appears to be about a woman who is worried about her looks and the changes that have come about through time. “The wretched Flavia, on her couch reclined/Thus breathed the anguish of a wounded mind/A glass reversed in her right hand she bore/For now she shunned the face she sought before.” (Montague, 2005, p. 639).

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