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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores the way women understood the poem in terms of the reception, influence and adaptation of past models and examples. It focuses on the resources women writing poetry knew and encountered in chapters on classical inheritance, the religious sonnet sequence and the secular sonnet sequence. The book examines the world of reading and readers, and looks at poems in terms of friendships, quarrels, competitions, coteries, networks and critical reception, both then and later. The book also examines the shaping of femininity in the circulation of print material, approaching the question of women's relationship to the poem from the vantage point of the presence of women as subjects and objects in popular poetic forms.

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