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COLT 374gm Discussion Questions 02-07-11 Isabella Whitney Problems in the urban space of the sixteenth-century London a. In this poem, Whitney writes a mock-will in which the speaker’s leaving London is compared to dying. In this mock-will, Whitney also gives to London what London owns. As a reader, what do you see in what the speaker does? What are the social problems disclosed in this poem? b. What does the word “will” connote in this poem? How does the play-on-words address the problems Whitney sees in the sixteenth-century London? Woman and writing: c. Whitney’s speaker (a maidservant without a job) calls attention in her mock poetic will to the many luxuries a poor woman in London in the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries never had the privilege of owning or buying. This woman is also without a husband or a house. How does Whitney adopt the genre of the testament to highlight the speaker’s relationship with money and other
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Unformatted text preview: material goods? In other words, in the sixteenth-century England, when women of Whitney’s status did not and could not own anything, in what ways does writing a mock will, in which she pretends to bequeath possessions to London, address this social inequality? d. How do you see the speaker empower herself in this mock-will? What is the greatest legacy that the speaker of the will leaves to London? e. Does the speaker of the poem find a community? If so, how and if not, why not? Compare: Whitney and Elizabeth I In Whitney’s “Will and Testament” and Elizabeth I’s “Speech to the Troops at Tilbury,” both speakers are doing something that is not customary during the sixteenth-century England: a woman speaking in public space. How do they address the vulnerability of their gender (note that they belong to two different classes) and empower themselves differently?...
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