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Her Works

          -Poems and Fancies (1653)
         Includes poems such as: Soul's Rainment, The Atomic Poems,         A Man to His Mistress, The World in an Eare-Ring,Nature's         Cook

          -Philosophical & Physical Opinions (1655)
          -A True Relation (1656)
          -Nature's Pictures Drawn by Fancies Pencil to the Life (1656)
         Includes poem Nature Picture as well as the autobiographical          work The True Relations of My Birth, Breeding & Life

          -Playes (1662)
          -Orations of Divers Persons (1662)
          -Philosophical Letters: or, Modest Reflections upon some Opinions             in Natural Philosophy, Maintained by Several Famous and             Learned Authors of this Age (1664)

          -Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy (1666)
          -The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World             (1666)
          -Grounds of Natural Philosophy (1688)
          -Miscellaneous Works including:
         The Hunting of the Hare, Of Many Worlds in this World, Of          the Breeding of Children, Female Orations, A Dialogue          Between Melancholy and Mirth, Of Shadow and Eccho,The          Arithmetic of Passions, The Circle of the Brain cannot be          Squared, Of the Attraction of the Sun, Nature's Cook

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             Analytical Work on:

            Excerpts from The Description of the New World, Called the             Blazing World:
         This book merries the scientific and the imaginary very nicely.          "Blazing World" wsa the first scientific book ever to be published by a          woman, and it also paved the way for the beginnings of "science          fiction". It is unique to see that Margaret basically apologizes at the          beginning of the book for being so forward as to be a woman and write          for science. Yet, I have researched and found that this was a common          practice of women writers of the time. The book seems to mimic events          of Margaret's life quite accurately. A young female is whisked away          to unknown lands to go and live among strangers. She befriends and          serves a "royal" female, and creates a life for herself. It is also          interesting that Margaret put herself in the stroy as a character. It is          unclear to me whether this was an attempt to advance women by creating          a science-based story with a female protagonist, or if it was simply a          method of stroking her ego. Perhaps it wsa both. "Blazing World" is          an interesting read filled with vivid imagery and humor.

            Of Many Worlds in this World:
         This is one of Margaret's scientific poems. In it, she is talking about          the matter and energy that makes up the world. She ponders the thought          that the world is made up of many smaller, complete entities. Margaret          poses the thought that if there are a million atoms in an earring-pin          head, and an atom is its own complete world, than woman must be          wearing countless worlds on their ears. Talk about having the weight          of the world on your shoulders. These are interesting thoughts for          anyone to be having, let alone a women during the 17th century.          Margaret was extremely interested by the atom and how it was          contained in all things. She continualy thought outside the box, forcing          those who read her work to expand their horizons of scientific thought          onto something out of the ordinary.

             Female Orations:
         These passages were often commented on by many of the modernist          feminists of our day, including Virginia Woolf. In them, Margaret          first addresses the women by saying "what they want to hear". It is          most likely a tactic that serves to raly the women to her side of the          argument. In the second part, Margaret talks of how important she          who speaks out and does not stand for injustices are, even if men do not          see their importance. Then, as she moves on, it sems as though she has          a realistic understanding of the situation women of her day were faced          with, and what their limitations were. Yet, she also goes onto say that          "they" (ie., men) are not the real enemy, Nature is. Margaret believes          this is so because it was Nature that made men and women who they          are and gave them the inherent personalities that make them strong or          weak. In the fourth section, Margaret says taht by taking action,          women will gain the power they so desire and deserve. Yet, in the last          oration, she recants and says that women have to keep their husbands          happy by acting "womanly". Basically, Margaret says to disregard          her previously strong feminist statements, showing how contradictory          her work really was.

             Nature's Cook:
    This poem shows Margaret's excessive grammar and spelling errors      that she became so famous for. It is unique that she would write so      openly and humorously about a "taboo" subject such as death. She      calls "Death" a she, feminizing a previously genderless (or maybe, a      masculinized) entity. Margaret turns Death into a cook, trying and      tasting different styles of killing as she leases, seasoning until she      finds it just right. In this poem, Death is also given a "housewife"      feeling, making it seem like Death is something that is present in every      household, just in many different styles (just like mothers). Margaret      also has a very matter of fact attitude within the poem, and this adds to      the humor. The reader almost gets the feeling that Margaret believes      this is the way everyone does (or at least, should) see Death.

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   Margaret Cavendish