“The Description of Cooke-ham”, on the other hand, centers around Margaret Clifford, Countess of Cumberland, Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset and later to be Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery in the background of Cooke-ham which was their temporary refuge for a while where Aemilia accompanied them. In the poem, nature appears to celebrate Anne Clifford and mourns her loss when she is married off. Lanyer wrote this poem when she was forty, at a time when her situation was not half as secure as Johnson, which could have very well have shaped the subversion she shows in the Cooke-ham poem, in her depiction of the relationship between human and nature. “It is really impossible to emphasize strongly enough how marginal, how unusual her position was in Renaissance England--as a Jew, converted or not, as an Italian, as the wife of a Catholic, as a woman artist making a living as a fringe member of the court”.Now that we have established the background for the two poems and their authors it would perhaps be prudent to examine the poetic convention they were using. The pastoral tradition was much used in Jonson's poem. The Relationship Between Man And Nature In Penshurst And Cooke-Ham.
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