In 2016, we published our first book based on this blog, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History. The following year, we began publishing a weekly column, Dispatches from The Secret Library, which, aptly enough, is a blog series based on that book. Every Friday, we discuss a neglected […]
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By Dr Oliver Tearle Previously, we’ve offered ten of the best extremely short poems by women, as well as ten classic sonnets by female poets. But what are the best poems about being a woman, and about womanhood – those written by both male and female poets?
In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle analyses one of the most famous lines from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra ‘Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety’: these words are among the most well-known and oft-quoted from William Shakespeare’s late tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra, […]