This site is brought to you by Christine Kingston, Lauren Koski, and Ryan Shevin. We decided to develop this site while taking English 417, taught by Professor D. Porter, during the Spring semester of 2010 at the University of Michigan.
English 417 focuses on poetry of the eighteenth century: from Milton to Wordsworth.
This site is dedicated to the analysis of the poem "Friendship's Mysterys: To My Dearest Lucasia" by Katherine Philips.
This poem can be read in terms of its context in the life of the poet, her other works, and the works of other authors during the 17th century. Philips chose certain words and phrases that refer to classical, religious, and literary sources, and a close reading of her diction reveals the underlying and intertextual significance of her work. Furthermore, one can analyze the poem's meter, poetic devices, and tone to show how its formal framework contributes to the meaning that modern readers can gain from the poem.
You can find more information about the words that are underlined by clicking on the words.
If you would like to hear the poem being read you may do so by pressing play below: