Lucy Hutchinson (1620–1681)
in Women poets of the English Civil War
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This chapter presents poems of Lucy Hutchinson who was an educated republican and religious Independent. Hutchinson wrote much of her poetry, including her version of Lucretius' Epicurean poem De rerum natura, which was one of the first translations into English of this radical and influential work. She managed the Owthorpe estate and continued to write, producing among other things a manuscript collection of poignant and political elegies on her husband's death and probably working on her biblical poem Order and Disorder. Hutchinson's literary corpus has shown that she was a major poet as well as the author of Memoirs, long a crucial resource for Civil War historians. Across poetry and prose, print and manuscript, Hutchinson's writing bears the marks of her fervent hostility to corrupt rulers and her remarkably broad education, adventurous reading habits, and energetic intellect.

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