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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Sunday, December 05, 2004 - 10:36 pm:   

Some of you might be interested in this site, which contains extracts from the work of over 125 women writers who before 1700 CE, along with biographical information and links to print an online resources:
http://home.infionline.net/~ddisse/index.html

As a taster, here's a poem by Xue Tao (768-831 CE):

I'd heard of the hardships
in walled-off frontier towns.

But now at last
I've come to understand.

Ashamed, I take up
a song from your court

and sing it
for back-country boys.


And one by Anyte of Tegea (c.300 BCE). Amongst her other work she composed epitaphs for animals, which was unusual:

You met your fate like those great dogs of old
by the curling roots
of a coward's bush; Loci, of Locri,
swiftest of pups, especially to bark,
into your light paws he sank harsh poison
that speckle-necked snake.

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