Selected Poetry of Isabella Whitney (ca. 1540-after 1580)
from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services,
University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto
Index to poems
- The Admonition by the Author to all Young Gentlewomen: And to all other Maids being in Love
- I. W. To her Unconstant Lover
- An Order Prescribed, by Is. W., to two of her Younger Sisters Serving in London
- A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Poesy, Containing a Hundred and Ten Philosophical Flowers
- To her Sister Mistress A. B.
- Will and Testament
Notes on Life and Works
Very little is known of Isabella Whitney's life, other than what she says in her poems. She was a sister of Geoffrey Whitney, who came of a Cheshire family. Having published two volumes of non-religious verse, she is the first secular woman poet in England.
- Whitney, Isabella. The copy of a letter, lately written in meeter, by a yonge gentilwoman: to her vnconstant louer With an admonitio[n] to al yong gentilwomen, and to all other mayds in general to beware of mennes flattery. London: Richard Jones, 1567.
- --. A sweet nosgay, or pleasant posye: contayning a hundred and ten phylosophicall flowers. London: Richard Jones, 1573.
Given name: Isabella
Family name: Whitney
Birth date: ca. 1540
Death date: after 1580
First RPO edition: 2003