Hester Pulter (c. 1605–1678)
in Women poets of the English Civil War
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This chapter presents poems of Hester Pulter who was born in or around 1605 in Dublin, into a well-connected and literary English family. Pulter was based at Broadfield for the rest of her life. It was there that she composed her poems, her emblems, and the prose romance entitled The Unfortunate Florinda, all of which are contained in the sole surviving manuscript of her work. Pulter's poetry engages in a number of the governing tropes of royalist literary culture in the 1640s and 1650s. While there is no reception history for Pulter's verse, however, the content of her poems and their engagement in the tropes and conventions were also evident in the poetry of Katherine Philips, William Cavendish, and Lucy Hutchinson. This makes her a notable woman poet of the English Civil War.

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