‘I wish the child, I call my own’: [Pro]Creative Experience in the Poetry of Jane Cave Winscom

Blackwood, Ashleigh (2015) ‘I wish the child, I call my own’: [Pro]Creative Experience in the Poetry of Jane Cave Winscom. In: Voice and context in Eighteenth-Century verse: order in variety. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 155-172. ISBN 9781349580293, 9781137487629, 9781137487636

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I wish the child, I call my own,

A soul that would adorn a throne!

With keen sensations, soft, refin’d,

A noble, but an humble mind.1

Jane Cave Winscom’s ‘To My Dear Child’ imagines a child, as yet unborn, with descriptions that are as pregnant as the poem’s speaker, and represents one of the author’s ‘birth poems’. These poems, of which I define there to be six (‘Written a few Hours before the Birth of a Child’, ‘The Author’s Address to her first Child previous to its Birth [‘My Dear Child’]’, ‘To My Child, If A Son’, ‘To My Child, If A Daughter [Including a Letter]’, ‘Written a Month after the Birth of the Author’s Son’ and ‘On the Death of Mrs Blake, who died in Child-Bed [of her sixth Child]’), cover issues including maternal health and mortality, infant care and childhood guidance.2 As a collective these poems capture a strong sense of the importance of reproduction as a cultural concept in the late eighteenth century and require further exploration in order to offer a full depiction of how the creative identity of a female writer may have been affected by any procreative experiences. This chapter aims to offer specific insight into the work of Jane Cave Winscom, a female poet whose work has often been overlooked in examinations of eighteenth-century women’s verse.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poetry, Eighteenth Century, Literature, women's writing, women's history, women's health, childbirth
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 15:00
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2020 16:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43799

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