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Pamphilia to Amphilanthus

Lady Mary Wroth (1587-1651/3)

1. 01 -Part 01 (Sonnets 1-24, Songs 1-4)
2. 02 – Part 02 (Sonnets 25-48, Songs 5-7)
3. 03 – Part 03 (A Sonnet and Six Songs)
4. 04 – Part 04 (Eleven Sonnets and Three Songs)
5. 05 – Part 05 (A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love)
6. 06 – Part 06 (Four Songs and Nine Sonnets)

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Pamphilia to Amphilanthus is the first sonnet sequence written by an Englishwoman. Published in 1621, the poems invert the usual format of sonnet sequences by making the speaker a woman (Pamphilia, whose name means “all-loving”) and the beloved a man (Amphilanthus, whose name means “lover of two.”). It is possible that Wroth based the story on her own fraught relationship with her cousin, William Herbert.